A limited release, Clover Hill Brut Rosé is crafted via controlled maceration of pinot noir grapes to extract a soft, pink colour and reveal a highly expressive bouquet of rose petal and red strawberries. A small amount of Pinot Meunier was blended in prior to bottling to add fragrance and midpalate weight.
Clover Hill Brut Rosé 2008 is crafted according to traditional methods. Fermented in its bottle, this wine is aged on yeast lees for at least 3 years, ensuring the complexity and intensity that is the hallmark of Clover Hill.
- TAS - Tasmania
"Pale salmon blush; a reserved and complex bouquet, showing poise, red fruits and plenty of complexity; the palate is evenly balanced and long, with freshness and complexity seamlessly interwoven; excellent rose. "Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (DEC/2012)
"1986 plantings of Pinot noir and Pinot meunier make up this crunchy refined fizz. Like its prime white brother, it’s another confident indicator that the best of Tassie is eating well into the medium ranks of the French at similar price points. The wine is as dry and bony as crushed china, yet it offers lovely reassurance with its pithy strawberry and comforting Turkish delight/rosewater delicacies. It seems piquant to me, almost as if somebody’s sprinkled a tiny amount of white pepper near it, if not quite in it, and it’s nutty, too, approaching the flavour of Brazil nut, which may indicate a little oak making a contribution. Ace winesmith Karina Dambergs has kept the cuvée on yeast lees in bottle for over three years before disgorgement and dosage, and kept the sweetness down while trapping that essential natural acidity. This is the fizz for smoked salmon, wasabi, capers, and Spanish onion rings on lightly toasted rye. It’s a thing of beauty for adults with yearnings." Rating 93 Philip White, www.indaily.wordpress.com (JAN/2013)
"A spicy, almost slightly muscatscented bouquet. It’s soft, dry and savoury to taste, with full body and voluminous, almost opulent, flavour. A generous food-style bubbly and very dry finishing. One of three superb ’08 Clover Hill wines. " Rating 92 - Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (MAR/2013)
"Over Christmas we drank quite of lot of French non-vintage champagnes in this price range and generally rated them well below comparably priced Tasmanian bubblies from the House of Arras, Pirie and Clover Hill. The French, however, pulled away once we move into the more expensive vintage champagnes. Clover Hill Rose, a blend of pinot noir and pinot meunier, appealed for its delicate, supple fruitiness and gentle texture, derived from prolonged ageing on yeast lees." 5 Stars - Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times (FEB/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
An attractive salmon pink colour, this exquisite sparkling wine has fine persistent bead and a gentle foaming mousse.
Precise and crisp, it reveals layers of lifted redcurrant, ripe strawberry, spice and rose petal characteristics.
An elegant sparkling wine with an extraordinary depth of flavours and superb length.
This wine is an excellent aperitif, but will also work well with light meat dishes such as pate, smoked fish and veal.