Vintage 2007 marked the culmination of a record drought in McLaren Vale (and indeed the rest of Australia) which resulted in tiny crops, from unexpectedly healthy vines. Whites in particular kept their basal leaves far longer than was expected which protected fruit from sunburn. Vintage 2007 started (and finished) approximately one month early and fruit is characterised by good acid retention, power AND elegance……altogether an unusual but excellent vintage. Both red and white wines have amazing potential.
The War of the Rosé was made to be a rosé and not a ‘Saigneé’ style; that is the grapes were picked at about 13° beaumé. They were pressed off and allowed about 45 minutes skin contact with the juice. We were ruthless, and only pressed off about 400 litres/ tonne, to make sure there were no hard phenolics in the wine. The wine underwent a very cool ferment in stainless steel prior to bottling. The War of the Rosé is a dry Rosé style.
The wine is a bright and brilliant crimson colour, showing watermelon rind, red cherries, red berry fruits (most obviously strawberries) on the nose with some subdued blossom scents on the edges. The fresh red berry fruits are more than evident on the palate at the start and extend to the very long, clean finish. The 2007 War of the Rosé is a wine with great balance and remarkable length.
|Picking Date||15th March 2007|
|Bottling Date||27th June 2007|