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2016 Chain of Ponds Novello Langhorne Creek Rose

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Chain of Ponds are one of the quiet achievers of the Adelaide Hills region but this Rosé is far from just achieving, it literally kicks goals. From the moment it comes out of the fridge, blushing pink and dripping in condensation you’ll be left mouthwatering and desperate to pour a glass of pink perfection. It’s full of berry goodness showing strawberry and musk before a refreshing palate, that’s a touch sweet but with a texture and flavour of strawberries and cream.

Winemaker's Notes

Vineyard: The Sangiovese was selected from two vineyards, one vineyard in Charleston and the other in Langhorne Creek. The Pinot Noir Vineyard was situated in the outskirts of Gumeracha. The Sangiovese vineyard ripened evenly and slowly to produce elegant fresh fruit characters with lively natural acidity while the Pinot Noir was added to complement the cherry and strawberry characters with hints of savouriness.

Winery: Crushed, de-stemmed and chilled to air bag press as a blend of both varieties, the grapes were then pressed within the hour to minimise colour pickup from the skins. A portion of the juice was then fined and settled for 72 hours until clear and was then racked for ferment while the remaining portion was fermented on full solids. The juice was inoculated with a fruit enhancing yeast and fermented at cool temperatures to preserve the natural fresh fruit characters. The wine was bottled early to preserve the delicate fresh fruit characters.

Colour: Vibrant pink with highlighted hues of salmon pink.

Bouquet: Lifted aromas of strawberries and cream and rose petals with a hint of musk and cherry blossom. Subtle nuances of brioche and biscotti.

Palate: Lively fresh fruits of raspberry and strawberry fill the palate with hints of cherry and biscotti. Balanced lively acidity and a gentle sweetness gives a refreshing finish to the wine which finishes with hints of sweet spices, brioche and strawberries and cream.

Cellaring: Enjoy young.

Match: A great match for an antipasto platter or an afternoon in the sun.

Variety: 79% Sangiovese, 17% Pinot Noir, 3% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Barbera.

Alc/vol: 11.5%

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