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2016 McPherson Vintage Secret Rose

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Do you love a secret? We do! Like the McPherson Vintage Secret, a Shiraz Rose with a lovely perfumed nose of raspberries & strawberries. Perfect as an aperitif on these hot summer days!

Winemaker's Notes

Every vintage, our winemaker picks the best of the harvest and hides it at the back of the winery. She carefully tends to her secret wine, and when it’s ready she bottles it for friends and family. Keep the Vintage Secret – there’s not a lot to go around!

Winemaker: Jo Nash

Jo's winemaking / viticulture: Fruit for the Rose was harvested from our vineyards during March 2016. The juice was run off the skins early, in order to extract only the perfect amount of colour and then inoculated and fermented cool. This allowed the retention of the summer berry characters, as well as retaining colour and intensity. Post fermentation the wine was fined, cold stabilised and filtered, ready for bottling. The entire process from juice to bottle was less than 6 weeks, keeping the wine fresh and vivacious.

Jo's harvest notes: The best way to describe vintage 2016 is fast & furious! There was no orderly ripening of fruit, no luxury of white fruit followed by red fruit, it was like the flood gates opened and everything just rolled in at once. Again we had little rain and a very hot spring leading up to harvest, which meant things ripened faster than normal. Optimum flavours and ripeness came on more quickly than previous years and the only way around it was to pick as fast as we could. Thankfully we managed to juggle our way through it, and now quality looks extremely good.

Jo's wine description: Our Vintage Secret Rose is a fresh and lively wine, with a lovely perfumed nose of raspberries and strawberries. The palate displays great fruit intensity with underlying hints of mint, reminding us of our kitchen garden in the spring.

Jo's food recommendations: With excellent length of flavour, not only is the Rose fun and easy to drink, it also compliments a vast array of dishes. Try it with spicy Thai noodles, as an aperitif with antipasto, or simply serve very cold on a hot summer's afternoon.

Varietal: 100% Shiraz

Best consumed: 2016 - 2018

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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