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Medhurst Estate Vineyard Rose 2021

2021

Medhurst

Estate Vineyard

Rose

Very pale copper with a bright vibrant pink hue. Deliciously elusive fresh fruits including strawberry and raspberry are supported by hints of tropical fruits and the white blossom of jasmine. The palate is savoury and refined with a supple creamy texture. The finish to the wine is superb, fresh fruits, lovely roundness and weight and a long chalky delicate line that is trademark of this single vineyard wine.

$27.00 / Bottle

The Season
The 2021 growing season was a true roller coaster with a great result in the end ! It began with a wet spell and a later then average budburst. Thankfully the spring weather improved in November with mild dry and warm weather allowing for perfect flowering and set. From the outset we realized the yield would be excellent and the consistency of set indicated a great year ahead. This proved the case ! A mild, dry December was followed by a wet January which kept the vineyard team busy. However the weather changed again for the better with a warm (but not hot)February and only 4mm of rain ! This enabled the fruit to ripen at an even pace and we commenced picking in the third week of February. The bunches were of good size and weight with lovely intense fruit flavours and comprised of beautiful natural acids. The wines are looking bright, and energetic in their youth. The 2021 releases will have that lovely balance of fruit weight, complexity, line and length. An excellent vintage.
Tasting Notes
Very pale copper with a bright vibrant pink hue. Deliciously elusive fresh fruits including strawberry and raspberry are supported by hints of tropical fruits and the white blossom of jasmine. The palate is savoury and refined with a supple creamy texture. The finish to the wine is superb, fresh fruits, lovely roundness and weight and a long chalky delicate line that is trademark of this single vineyard wine.
Wine Making
This is a deliberate and considered Rosé, which starts from dedicated parts of the vineyard to ensure ripe flavours, fresh fruit and a trademark chalky fine finish. After hand-picking into 450kg bins, the fruit is placed overnight in a coolroom for the stalks to dry up, and the enzymatic reactions to slow down allowing a more gentle and pure extraction of juice at dawn the following day. Whole-bunch pressed grapes and yields less than 600 litres per tonne ensure delicate, pale and highly flavoured juice. Final blend was 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Shiraz. Fermented in stainless steel at moderate temperatures (up to 20 degrees) to enhance mouthfeel. Fruit driven, slippery, balanced and made with minimal intervention.
Technical

Vineyard: Medhurst Estate Vineyard, Gruyere
Blocks: E,F
Clones: PT23, SA125
Soil: Mountain spill of brown grey loams, ironstone
Alcohol: 13.0%
pH: 3.52
TA: 6.6
RS: <1.0 g/L Dry

Food Pairing
Whilst this is a great wine to drink alone, we suggest great company and platters of seasonal produce are the perfect accompaniments.