We haven’t made a pink wine in several years, but saw a great opportunity this year with our new graciano vines. This is as seco and delicado as its pretty rosado colour suggests. There are hints of strawberry, apple and pepper, but mostly it tastes of a need for tapas.
We haven’t made a rosé for several years, but in 2021 our new graciano block was overcropped and not going to make it for red, but seemed ideal for a fresh and crisp pink wine, so we called it rosado as they do in graciano’s homeland. It’s dry, racy and just wants to have fun.
Much cooler conditions prevailed this season, with good winter rains leading into a mild season that saw vines flourish. There was some disease pressure, but minimal disease resulted from careful management. Harvest started a week or two later than recent years, and was interrupted by three days of rain just after the whites were finished and before any reds were picked, but reds suffered no damage. Yields were very good, probably because we were able to irrigate through the drought last year. Unsurprisingly, the mild summer and ripening conditions have given lighter wines with excellent aroma and colour.
Hand-picked 28 April 2021. The fruit was crushed and immediately pressed, then fermented cool in stainless steel (75% and older barrels (25%). Bottled July 2021. Alcohol 11.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: No (fined with isinglass).