2016 Delamere Rosé
The 2016 vintage is characterised by very dry conditions and generally warm temperatures. Budburst commenced early in 2016 with strong canopy growth by January. Cooler temperatures in late January and early February saw development slow down before a hot spell at the end of February accelerated fruit ripeness considerably. The result has been wines that have developed ripe flavours at moderate potential alcohol with medium to high natural acidity, providing the backbone, elegance and finesse that defines the Delamere.
Just over half of the fruit for this wine is selected from D block, an area specifically set aside for making rosé. The grapes are fermented at low temperatures to retain the freshness and delicate fragrance, characteristics that are typical of Pinot Noir from the Pipers River area. A small portion of saignée from the production of the Delamere Pinot Noir is added to the blend to create a fragrant and complex dry rosé.
The 2016 Delamere Rosé shows intense red fruit aromatics on the nose. Strawberry, red currant, cranberry and raspberry follow through the palate along with some delicate floral flavours and a hint of savouriness on the finish. Crisp and dry at the end this is an excellent reflection of the potential for premium quality rosé in Pipers River.
This is the perfect match for an assortment of pork dishes. From prosciutto and anti-pasta on a hot day to roast pork, slow cooked pork belly or ribs on those cooler winter nights. If you prefer seafood, try it with smoked octopus or gravlax