Possessing a delicate pale pink salmon-skin hue the wine is reminiscent of just-picked Valentine roses (literally pressing your nose into the rose petals). Further along is a complexing note of apple blossoms continuing onto the soft textured flavors of a summer farmer’s market watermelon sampling, sweet mandarin oranges and finishing hints of hibiscus flower tea. This is an enticing wine, perfect for winning over reluctant lovers. Serve chilled, best enjoyed over the next 12 months, drink up by 2020.
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.
Aroma: Rose petals, apple blossoms, pomegranates, hibiscus flowers
Flavor: Strawberries, watermelon, mandarin oranges, hibiscus tea
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