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Rosé 2017

Rosé 2017
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"The epitome of our ethos of exploration."

Cape Mentelle Rosé is a fresh, vibrant expression of the traditional dry rosé style. Our 2017 vintage Rosé is a blend of shiraz, grenache, tempranillo and sangiovese. A combination of direct pressing and saignée methods deliver delicate, fresh aromas and colour. Framed by generous fruit and a refreshing acidity, it makes for a perfect summer beverage to be shared with friends

Bright and shiny watermelon juice colour
The nose is an explosion of fresh fruit, with enticing raspberry nectar, estery aromas of wild berries and exotic fruit, supported by a slightly creamy caramel note
The palate starts with a burst of strawberries and cream, with a touch of zesty cassis and lots of melon and citrus notes. The flavours are long and reminiscent of berry liqueur with a seriously vinous and peppery finish that adds to the round, voluminous mouthfeel
Shiraz 78%, Tempranillo 8%, Grenache 8%, Sangiovese 6%
Drink fresh, 12-24 months
Food Pairing Notes
Melon with prosciutto, Asian inspired or fusion fare as the wine will take on lemongrass, basil, chili, risotto lobster croquettes, classic tapas and even sushi
The Vineyard
The fruit for this wine comes mostly from our Crossroads vineyard where our only block of Grenache was planted about 13 years ago, along with some own-rooted old Western Australian selection shiraz. The tempranillo and sangiovese was sourced from two Margaret River growers as an experiment due to the high quality of their fruit. The typical soils of these vineyards are geologically ancient, free draining sandy loams with a high percentage of lateritic gravel
The Season
Following a beautiful and promising flowering, the summer was mild and our vineyards were fully dry-grown. The cool nights and mild days provided the perfect growing conditions for delicate aromas but delayed the harvest by three to four weeks on all varieties. Harvest finally started at Cape Mentelle on February 28th, with more generous than expected yields across all the vineyards in the Margaret River region. For the third year in a row, this was not a vintage to tackle by the numbers or with recipes, each micro-climate and parcel behaving completely independently from the rest of the vineyard
The fruit is harvested at the peak of its freshness and fruitiness, avoiding dominating or dry tannins. Assessing each batch separately, we use a combination of skin soaking and direct pressing and saignee (for the shiraz only). The wine undergoes a slow cool fermentation in stainless tanks to preserve the fresh fruit character. The maturation on lees enriches the texture
13.5% alcohol, 6.1 g/l total acidity, 3.17 pH
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