2021 Grenache Rosé

The grapes were sourced from a combination of bush vines that were planted in 2009 (Blocks 7 and 13) and 1946 (Block 25) on our single vineyard estate. The fruit was hand-picked over three separate dates; 3rd, 11th and 12th March (flower days). As much as we pick on sugar/acid balance, and importantly physiological characters, we also consider the biodynamic calendar where possible, with fruit days and flower days being the most desirable for harvest, and root days avoided.



We had a very favourable 2021 growing season with good winter rains, a mild flowering and fruit set period, and continued spring rainfall which ensured a healthy canopy. The yields showed a good balance between vine vigour and moderate berry size. The ripening period that began late January was very cool, with some welcome rainfall in mid-February. This delayed harvest, and with the cold nights and mild sunny days of March, we were pleased with the resulting fruit ripeness and intensity. The freshness and bright natural acidity of the fruit were a real feature of this vintage.


We hand-picked the grapes early and whole berry pressed in our basket press just as if we were making a white wine, for delicate colour extraction. We allowed a native fermentation, a cool fermentation tank, followed by lees maturation and stirring for 5 months. Bottled August 2021.

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