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Alta For Elsie Pinot Noir Rose

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Named in honour of Sarah's daughter, who was born less than two months before the first release rosé went into bottle, Alta 'For Elsie' Rosé is a far cry from the usual sweet rosé's common in the Australian market.

"Gone are the days where we can compare Australian rosé to lolly water or raspberry cordial, instead emerging from the pools of sugar are a new breed of highly sophisticated, complex , savoury dry style rosés. Six years ago, I committed to this style and have never looked back. I chose Pinot Noir grapes because of their natural flavour complexity earlier in the ripening process and low levels of harsh tannin.

From the first sip an unexpected journey begins. Fresh strawberries, drift into Turkish delight and then crème brulee. The complexity of flavours build in your mouth and whilst the wine is soft it has structure and a finish that seems endless and leaves you seriously satisfied yet wanting more.

Pair with Vietnamese, tempura seafood or soft goats cheese."

Sarah Fletcher, Winemaker

Winemaker's Notes

Named in honour of Sarah's daughter, who was born less than two months before the first release rosé went into bottle, Alta 'For Elsie' Rosé is a far cry from the usual sweet rosé's common in the Australian market.

"Gone are the days where we can compare Australian rosé to lolly water or raspberry cordial, instead emerging from the pools of sugar are a new breed of highly sophisticated, complex , savoury dry style rosés. Six years ago, I committed to this style and have never looked back. I chose Pinot Noir grapes because of their natural flavour complexity earlier in the ripening process and low levels of harsh tannin.

From the first sip an unexpected journey begins. Fresh strawberries, drift into Turkish delight and then crème brulee. The complexity of flavours build in your mouth and whilst the wine is soft it has structure and a finish that seems endless and leaves you seriously satisfied yet wanting more.

Pair with Vietnamese, tempura seafood or soft goats cheese."

Sarah Fletcher, Winemaker

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Alta For Elsie Pinot Noir Rose

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Very much ˆ la mode winemaking, with some of the juice fermented in oak, part in stainless steel, then blended and taken through mlf. The result is a wine with tactile mouthfeel, yet retaining strawberry as the dominant flavour.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
WINESTATE (2011 Vintage) says
Appealing, drier style with strawberries-and-cream-like fruit and firm, crunchy acid.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To Now
Australian Wine Companion 2013
88
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Blush pink; fragrant red cherry and spice aromas lead into a pure and direct palate, with crisp strawberry and cherry flavours, the finish long and dry. No compromise.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Lovely bright pinot noir berry fruits here, this has bright striking freshness and rose petal fragrance. Red fruits, some strawberry flavour, the palate is soft and light, lifts musky off the finish, some creamy texture and cherry skin through the finish, really charming, just like the name.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A fragrant, spicy, savoury style, with good length and balance; the flavours are just a little austere, perhaps.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Plenty of structure and presence; black cherry and plum plus some savoury, but fine, tannins. A wine with time in front of it.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90

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