Rose of Venus 2019


Vintage 2019  Production - 2,702
Vine Age 18-33 years 
Clones GM198, GM110, Syrah MS, CL5 & Abel 
Vineyards Cirrus & Cambridge Road Vineyard Martinborough
Elevage  5 months on lees in stainless & neutral oak barrels
Skin Contact 12 days
Composition 99% Riesling, 0.5% Pinot Noir & 0.5% Syrah 
Alcohol 12.0%
Sulphite Content <10ppm

This years rosé work has drawn strongly on Riesling. The frosts of the vintage hammered the Pinot Noir but Riesling came in strong. In fact, it was the best damn Riesling year I've ever experienced.  We have employed a good amount of skin contact with it bringing a little pith into play. This wine is not only cloudly but has no additives whatsoever, just the natural ferment of organically farmed grapes. A lovely fresh acid and dry finish marks this wine as does the subtle spritz to amplify the freshness. Subtle citrus fruit notes are joined by a touch of candy tempered by the savory complexity derived from wild yeast and barrel ferment components.