Pinot Noir Rose
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Rosé Brut 2021

HUGHES VINEYARD

This single vineyard 100% Pinot Noir Rosé sparkling is a beautiful expression of the grape variety and site. Pinot Noir base wines from the Hughes Vineyard made both with and without skin contact to extract colour strike the perfect balance of flavour and delicate texture. Aged for 2 years in bottle, this wine was disgorged in March 2024 with just 1 g/L dosage using barrel aged reserve wine from the same harvest. 800 bottles were produced at this disgorging with a portion held for later release.

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Rosé Brut 2021

HUGHES VINEYARD

This single vineyard 100% Pinot Noir Rosé sparkling is a beautiful expression of the grape variety and site. Pinot Noir base wines from the Hughes Vineyard made both with and without skin contact to extract colour strike the perfect balance of flavour and delicate texture. Aged for 2 years in bottle, this wine was disgorged in March 2024 with just 1 g/L dosage using barrel aged reserve wine from the same harvest. 800 bottles were produced at this disgorging with a portion held for later release.

SENSORY PROFILE

Pale salmon-pink with a fine bubble, this wine has aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cherry blossoms, peach pit, and hot cross buns. The palate is broad, with acidity and texture, and a complex finish which adds nuttiness, lemon, and cooked cherries on the palate.

FOOD PAIRINGS

This wine has great potential to pair with a variety of foods. Fresh seafood, cheese and charcuterie including cured meats and nuts, fresh salads, and grilled or roasted vegetables are all great choices.

CELLARING POTENTIAL

This wine is drinking nicely on release and will be showing best from 2025-2029.

VINTAGE

The 2021 vintage started with relatively good vine and bud health from a small crop and mild winter. Summer temperatures were among the hottest on record and conditions were optimal for flowering and fruit set.

In August, what appeared to be an early and ripe vintage stalled due to drought. This was followed by record rains in September and October resulting in a rapid increase in cluster weight and dilution of berry contents. Where harvest was able to be delayed until adequate ripening, most varieties are showing good fruit character early with delicate aromatic white varieties and fruit driven red varieties.

WINE DATA

Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 11.6%
Dosage: 1 g/L
Titratable Acidity: 6.4 g/L
pH: 3.20
Tirage Date: 2022-03
Disgorging Date: 2024-03
Production: 800 bottles

VINEYARD AND HARVEST DATA

Appellation: Lincoln Lakeshore
Site: Hughes Vineyard
Soil: Jeddo clay loam
Clones: 115, 667, 777 (field blend)
Rootstock: 3309
Vine Age: unknown, older
Harvest Dates: 2021-09-06 and 2021-09-11
Yield: 4.7 T/ac

VINIFICATION

Pinot Noir from the Hughes Vineyard was harvested on September 6 and whole cluster pressed to yield a high-quality juice. Following cold settling and racking the juice was fermented at cool temperatures in a stainless steel tank.

Another lot of fruit from this block was harvested September 11, crushed and destemmed, and allowed to soak on its skins for 4 days to extract colour. After this time, it was pressed, settled, racked, and fermented using a more aromatic yeast strain The base wines were aged separately for 5 months before blending to give the ideal base wine, followed by coarse filtration to prepare for tirage. The wine was bottled on March 2, 2022 and secondary fermentation was completed within one month. The wine then aged on lees in bottle for 24 months before disgorging in March 2024.

The wine was finished with just 1 g/L dosage of organic beet sugar using barrel aged reserve wine from the same harvest.