Grenache is grown expressly for Rosé at our Willoughby Bridge Vineyard at Colbinabbin in Northern Heathcote. With a North to South row orientation, this vineyard is spur pruned to encourage a dense canopy to protect the fruit from the harsh afternoon summer sun. All rows are mulched naturally, this protection at the base of the vines minimises sun reflection and alters the micro climate to make it milder within the vine canopy.
- VIC - Heathcote
Winery Tasting Notes
This Vintage was a challenging one with rain late in the season, close attention to disease management and sugar levels was required. A cooler growing season yielded small parcels of intensely aromatic and succulent Grenache, the hallmark variety of the Rosé of Southern France.
Traditional barrel fermentation of seasoned French oak has resulted in a savoury, dry and complex wine with a clean, refreshing finish.
Grenache grapes were hand-harvested in early March and whole-bunch pressed with no sulphur dioxide or acid addition. The settled juice was then racked to seasoned French oak barriques from the forests of Troncais and Vosges and fermented with indigenous yeasts. At the completion of full malolactic fermentation, the wine was lightly fined, filtered and cold stabilised. The finished wine was bottled under screwcap in August 2012 in order to preserve the delicate fruit flavours.