The now 25 year old vineyard was inter-planted accidently with three different varieties. Curiously it was left like this and later named the â€˜Mixed Up Teenâ€™ vines by Steve & Rocco Conte, who always blamed each other for this mistake. Amazingly they did both agree that the proportions of each variety makes a delicious Rose`.
Three classic varieties combine to complement each other. Sauvignon Blanc provides zesty citrus & tropical fruit, with raspberry & watermelon characters from the Pinot Noir & Shiraz. Slightly sweet, it has a delicate food friendly acidity, leaving the crisp and fruity characters lingering.
Despite the 35% decrease in the average crop of McLaren Vale caused by the five days of 45 degrees or more, the quality was surprisingly high. During this almost unprecedented heat wave in mid February, the effected vines understandably shut down, along with many bunches of grapes at early ripening. There was panic all around, with some harvesting too early before burns and bruises showed. These early harvests were sold off in bulk for use in cheaper non regional wines. Then to every ones relief, the remaining time before vintage was pretty much perfect. Cool & calm, 21-25 degree max and 10-15 degree minâ€™s with cool gully & sea breezes. In a nut shell, beautiful heavenly Autumn weather we McLaren 'Valeans' have grown up in and sometimes take for granted. During this ideal weather, the vines fully regenerated, with abundant new leaves from a couple of much needed nitrogen rich rains. The fruit ripened and developed slowly with rich varietal flavour.
At around 13.0 Baume the fruit was mechanically harvested during the cool of night & taken to the winery the next morning and whole berry pressed immediately. It was then fermented slowly in a stainless steel vat for approximately 3 weeks where the maximum temperature did not exceed 18 degrees C.
Alcohol by volume; 12% v/v pH; 3.26 Titratable Acid; 5.7g/L Residual grape Sugar; 20 g/L Varieties; 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Shiraz Region; McLaren Vale, South Australia