Region: Barossa Valley
Grapes: Cinsault (38%), Grenache (44%), Mourvedre (18%)
First Glance: Rose Water, Floral, Mouthwatering Acidity
There’s been a tipping of the scales towards Grenache this year for the Rose, a with an addition of the Grigg (Vinya Vella) vineyard in Vine Vale, a small portion but adds a bit of watermelon into the spectrum. Two days on skins for the Cinsault and a few hours of skin contact for the Grenache and Mourvedre. As per the norm, the Grenache is picked early to preserve acidity and keep the wine crisp, rather than leaning in to the more confected, boiled lolly, strawberries and cream spectrum. With the Mourvedre seeing quite a bit of oxidation as juice to loose green tannin and then heading into the nice mulberry/peach iced tea zone. A mixture of stainless steel and barrel ferments with a good deal of lees contact (no stirring) in order to build up texture and soften any phenolics.
A slightly more restrained colour due to the season and slightly earlier picking of the Grenache. The 2022 has a very similar flavour spectrum to years previous, with rose petal, Turkish delight, red skin apples, raspberries, hibiscus tea and lemon peel over the nose and mouth. Like the Pinata, this year has a touch more of a mouthwatering feel to it – again perhaps the season, perhaps the increase in Grenache or the slightly earlier Grenache picking – or all of the above.