Fairytale of the Barossa Grenache Rosé 2018

At the end of our old-vine garden path there is a Fairytale come true, our 90 year old bush vine Grenache garden at Gomersal in Nuriootpa.

After hand picking in the last week of March our winemaker Elena Brooks let the free run basket pressed juice ferment with natural indigenous yeasts in old French Oak barriques. The wine sat on yeast lees for twenty weeks before bottling without secondary fermentation, fining or filtration to capture the essence of our Fairytale.

This vintage of our Fairytale of the Barossa Rosé has a high level of natural acidity, (7.2 grams per litre) a pH 3.08 of and less than 3.2 g/L of residual sugar with an alcohol of just 13.5%. It is truly a wine of its time and place.  A wish come true.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Partridge eye, pink, bronze, copper, clear and bright.

Nose
Pure grenache sweet n’ sour aromatics: the best of the variety’s juicy fruit combined with the best of the variety’s languid, gruff spice. Bath salts, lavender, roses, and the stoney, sandy ground of the vineyard just before rain.

Palate
Clean and refreshing with a strong outline of bright and buoyant acidity; properly underplayed primary fruit flavours that barely hint at Grenache’s bubble-gum and raspberry spectrums. The back palate lingers and rings with softer fruit flavours of summer berries.

Drink
The rigid and confident structure of this wine enables it to embrace most foodstuffs; the backbone of fruit also helps it defeat or rather assuage any spicy or chillied dish. Indeed, in hot weather, with this wine well chilled, there’s almost no menu item it will not convince, from cured fish to gazpacho to composed salads or drunken chicken.

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Awards 

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2019 - Gold, 91 Points
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Silver Medal

Location

Longitude 138°53’25” East
Latitude 34°32’32” South
Altitude 659 Feet = 201 Metres

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