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Alta 'For Elsie' Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Adelaide Hills,SA
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Wine and Winery Information


Named in honour of winemaker Sarah Fletcher’s daughter, it’s a dry style with delicately fragrant rose petal, fresh strawberries and pink musk aromas. The complex flavour layers are all about freshly picked raspberries, vanilla bean and cinnamon spice, leading to a dry savoury finish. A highly versatile food wine, Alta ‘For Elsie’ pairs brilliantly with most foods, particularly duck salad, firm goats cheese or crab pasta.

Country: Australia
State: South Australia
Region: Adelaide Hills
Variety: Pinot Noir
Alcohol Vol: 11.5 
Vintage: 2017
Closure: Screwcap
Character: Floral, Red Fruit, Sweet Spice
Volume: 750

Tasting Notes

Winemaker's Comments
The 2017 Alta Rosé is a serious wine. Being sugar dry, It relies heavily on the core "flavours of the Pinot Noir grapes. This vintage, I also added a small portion of barrel fermented wine which has given the wine an added dimension by lifting the aroma and creating a creamy complexity to the palate. This wine represents a classic style of Rose that has been thriving in European countries for years.

The clone of Pinot Noir used, MV6, was selected for its depth of varietal "flavour and ability to retain natural acid which adds to the palate structure of the resulting wine. Grapes were monitored closely in the lead up to harvest and were machine harvested in the cool of the night once flavours reached their optimal maturity. On delivery to the winery, grapes were crushed with open rollers, to avoid excessive phenolic pick up, and must was held cold until desired colour had been reached. The yeast used to ferment the juice, was selected for its ability to highlight existing varietal character and enhance palate structure. Free run and pressings were fermented separately in stainless steel between 12oC and 14oC. A small portion of free run was fermented in large oak vats and the resulting wine was blended back into the original parcel to add texture and additional flavour interest.

Fleshy red berry fruits on the middle palate, providing depth and sweetness. Subtle oak spice adds intrigue and complexity. The palate is seductively soft, creamy and dry to finish.

Perfumed strawberries, pink musk, and vanilla cream.

100% Pinot Noir

Blushing, autumnal pink.

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