Adelaida makes a ‘purpose-made’ style based on fruit grown and picked especially to be crafted as a Rose rather than as a by-product of red wine production. The 2018 season was very long and for most part nicely moderate. Budbreak was a couple of weeks later than recent vintages with fewer heat spikes. As the blend incorporates 6 Estate grown grapes (all Rhone varieties), picking spanned over an unusual 10 week period (with Counoise and Mourvedre last to ripen in late October). With no additional skin contact, each of the multiple pickings was hand sorted, lightly pressed with juice settling overnight in tank and ultimately transferred to ‘neutral oak’ barrels where it fermented using indigenous yeast cultures. The new wine remained in barrel for 5 more months, completing a natural malo-lactic conversion with a short period of lees contact.