2018 Winter Garden Rosé
Region: Clare Valley
Varietal: Malbec 100%
Vineyard: A new and exciting addition to the portfolio made from a single block of Malbec in the Watervale.district.
Season Report: Characterised by a long, mostly dry, yet cooler than average growing season, with a few hot days during January and February. Malbec is a hardy variety that thrives in drier conditions. Its thick skins and crisp natural acidity are the perfect variety from which to create Woodvales’ inaugural Rose’.
Winemaking: The fruit was harvested at 12.5 Baume’ during the cool early morning, crushed and allowed only one hours skin contact to pick up some faint colour and a delicate savoury edge. The cool three-week ferment was stopped at 3 grams residual sugar to provide a delicate texture to the palate.
Tasting Notes: Created in a true southern, Provencal style, this salmon coloured and refreshing wine features the flavours of ripe cherries, dark fruits, and savoury nuances. Crisp, almost dry, and utterly delicious, its tightly wound yet balanced acidity teaming perfectly with its subtle textural edge.
Cellaring: Best enjoyed whilst young, vibrant and fresh with family or friends, it will further improve with three to four years of careful cellaring.
Food Pairing Suggestion: A grazing plate loaded with charcuterie, rustic terrines, and sheep’s cheese.