Growing Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker: Bryn Richards
At the beginning of this year I had the pleasure to spend a week in South Australia visiting a number of winemakers - while basing myself at the stunningly beautiful Chapel Hill Winery-Retreat. So I got to spend some quality time with Bryn, Michael Fragos (chief winemaker) and the team. They craft wines with character which display purity in regards to varietal and vineyard site, wines which everyone can enjoy.
The fruit for this rosé wine was sourced from their Kangarilla vineyard which is nestled in the foothills of the Mt Lofty Ranges - which is located about 50km’s north-east of the winery. The slight elevation and the moderating effect of the cooling gully breezes and the St Vincent Gulf to the west help achieve optimum flavour development, whilst still retaining vibrancy and varietal purity.
This Sangiovese Rosé expresses the more delicate fruit characters associated with this rustic red fruit focused varietal. The 2016 growing season in the region had below average rainfall, with the mean average temperatures consistently above average - while I was their in January each day reached the high 30’s centigrade. A timely rainfall event in early February refreshed the vines and slowed sugar accumulation as the fruit entered the final stages of ripening, resulting in vibrant flavours.
As you pour this coral salmon coloured rosé wine into your wine glass - the wines lifted aromas instantly charms you with melon and strawberry aromas. This rosé is made in a classic dry style, though the wines textural style showcases Sangiovese’s delicious sweet core of bright red cherries. This 2016 Sangiovese Rosé is brimming with pink watermelon, wild strawberry, raspberry and red cherry flavours perfectly balanced with natural refreshing acidity resulting in a lovely lingering rosé wine, with a bright finish.
This 2016 Chapel Hill Sangiovese Rosé has 13% Alc. Chill gently and serve in an aromatic wine glass at 8-10°C.
A vibrant, crisp, dry style Sangiovese Rosé.
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and over the next 12-18 months.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing as a summer aperitif, with prawns, scallops, sushi & sashimi, grilled salmon, varied vegetarian cuisine and freshly cut strawberries & pink watermelon - enjoy.