2019 Estate Reserve Rose
Blend: 100% Touriga Nacionale
R.S.: 0.1% or 1gram per Liter
Free Sulfur: 28ppm or mg/L
Cooperage: Neutral French oak
Maturation: 9 months stored on the fine lees
Bottled: July 30th, 2020
The fruit for this wine comes from our vineyard located in front of the house, planted on typical heavy clay soils. Harvest took place September 11th and the fruit was all harvested by hand. The fruit was cold stored for 18 hours before being de-stemmed and transferred to the press after 2 hours only of skin contact.
Initial additions made to the juice included Sulfur, tannin and tartaric acid. Only 75% of the juice yield was used, [free run and light press fraction only], with juice being run to tank for settling. Settling occurred naturally and once we had settled the solids; the juice was racked off into neutral French oak barrels for primary fermentation.
Fermentation was initiated by the addition of Yeast Vin 13, with primary fermentation completed in 12 days, at which the wine was racked off gross less, sulfured and returned to barrel for maturation.
During this period very little stirring took place, the intention was to conserve the acidity and brightness of the wine.
Prior to bottling, the wine was both cold and protein stabilized before being sterile filtered. Best consumed within 1-2 years after bottling.
Visually the wine is clear and shows no signs of flocculation, gas or sediment. The color is pale [due to limited skin contact], slightly copper in tone with pink or salmon hues.
The nose is dry and bright, showcasing initial aromas of citrus, stone fruit and wet stone, but turning to more red fruit with warmth and aeration.
The palate has a beautiful entry with the acidity keeping the fruit forward flavors in check, The wine shows some good weight in the mid palate and there is a lovely transition to the back palate due to the subtle hint of oak. The finish is medium, clean and bright. Additional flavors of baking spice, red apple skin and tart red fruits start coming out, but this wine may need a month or two to open up a bit.
Food pairing would be pork dishes, roasted chicken and plank baked salmon, and I would personally serve this wine quite chilled and allow it to warm up naturally.