The vintage 2018 in Margaret River presented us with close to ideal growing conditions for wine grapes. The temperatures and rainfall were remarkably close to average for the season. It was very typical of Margaret River’s Mediterranean climate with a cool, wet winter and a mild, dry summer.
We had a gentle spring, with very few damaging cold fronts to contend with. The rain which fell in December was well timed, filling soil profiles leading into veraison. The dry conditions through autumn meant that picking decisions were able to be made to optimise quality.
The fruit for our Rosé was picked in small batches from 23rd February through to the 15th March as each variety achieved the ideal ripeness. The fruit was pressed, settled and fermented in neutral oak barrels and matured on yeast lees with some stirring for 4 months to aim in building texture and complexity.
The wine is made from the cabernet franc (46%), pinot noir (39%) and malbec (16%) grapes.
The completed wine is 13.5% alc/vol, pH 3.35, 6.1 TA g/L and was bottled with screw cap closures on 10th July, 2018.
Pale salmon colour with scents of strawberry, red currant, white mulberry, raspberry and red cherry with background nutmeg. The palate belies the colour and is smooth, textural, mouth filling, succulent and juicy yet finishes with an alluring savouriness.
Winemaker: Mark Messenger
100% Margaret River
Ray Jordan | 93
This blend of cabernet franc, pinot noir and malbec is consistently one of WA’s best rosés. Delightful aromatics of perfumed floral notes mianly due to that franc component. Had a little neutral oak treatment, with four months on lees to bring some textural feel into the palate. It just works so well. Love it.