Heifer Station Rose V18
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Vintage 18 Rose
Heifer Station vineyard is situated between 860-900m elevation on the undulating slopes of Mt Canobolas. Shiraz and Merlot for our dry rose were planted in 1999 on a high, easterly aspect.
2018 was year of challenge and reward for the Orange region and Heifer Station. Adequate winter rainfall removed the need for supplementary irrigation until heatwaves in January required small amounts to reduce sunburn and replenish carbohydrates. Balanced nutrition, well timed shoot thinning and leaf plucking ensured optimal tannin ripeness in reds and reduced phenolics in whites proving a brilliant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz vintage. Yields were average to high, while acid retention was brilliant right up to harvest reducing the need for winery additions. Heatwaves in January and hail weeks before harvest threw curve balls to the vineyard team, but the resilient vines withstood the challenge and all varieties reached the crusher in great condition.
Bright strawberry and Turkish delight characters compliment this medium bodied, textured style of rose. The wine is left to ferment on lees solids adding interest, the balanced acidity rounds off this dry style. Perfect with seafood, Asian or cheeses.
75 % Shiraz 35% Merlot
860-900m Elevation on an easterly aspect.
13.4 % ALC 3.3 TA 5.8 TA Fined using eggwhites
Light saignee after 5 hours on skins.
Drink now to 5 years.
40% Mature oak 60% Stainless steel