2016 Pink Palette

2016 Pink Palette


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2016 Pink Palette



A vibrant salmon-pink hue, aromas of pink grapefruit, red cherry, cranberry, tarragon and fruit blossom engage your senses while the juicy fruit flavour, easydrinking freshness and smooth finish with subtle sweetness make it impossible to resist having a second glass. This ultra-quaffable rosé is best served lightly chilled throughout the summer and warm fall months, but is equally delicious year round.
Made with early consumption in mind, consider serving this alongside pretty much any fish, shellfish, barbequed or smoked dishes, salads and even alongside fresh fruit and eggs for a delicious Sunday brunch. The lightness and fruitiness of this wine make it suitable for lightly spiced dishes too, which opens up the whole world of Asian and Mexican cuisine too.

Each variety was harvested and fermented separately from early September through early October. Roughly 24 hours of skin contact after crushing and destemming was permitted in order to secure the all-important pink hue and multitude of flavours trapped in the skins. This particular blend brings out the best of each variety, all of which are grown specifically with high quality rosé in mind. Cabernet Franc gives vivacity, Merlot supple fruitiness, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay delicacy, acidity and freshness. This wine was 100% fermented and aged in stainless steel and bottled in April 2017.

The winter of 2015/2016 was thankfully mild after the deep freezes of the previous two, yet a cool spring delayed bud-burst. Once the summer finally started it was warm, sunny and almost draught-like. Luckily light rain in August refreshed the parched vines. Harvest started with Pinot and Chardonnay for sparkling on September 8th and continued with other whites and light reds. The beautiful weather lasted well into the fall, allowing for long hang time for Cabernet Sauvignon. All grapes came in clean and disease-free with little need for sorting. Overall yields were moderate to high with very high quality throughout. The wines are characterized by both freshness and structure across the portfolio, with potential for enjoyable early consumption or the opportunity to cellar wines for the medium-to-long-term.