SANTA & D’SAS Rosato has been made to reflect the Sangiovese varietal expression of this wine style. A vibrant nose offers up strawberries, rose petal with a hint of spicy bell pepper. Intense flavours of sweet cherry and raspberries are intertwined with Moro oranges and finishing with a hint of pink peppercorn. The palate is long, dry and textural yet balanced with natural fruit sweetness.
The King Valley is one of Australia’s most exciting and emerging wine regions. It is located in North East Victoria – approximately three hours North of Melbourne and seven hours South of Sydney. Home to the most picturesque and unspoilt valley in Australia, King Valley benefits from a cool climate with extremely varied terrain, that ranges from snowcapped Alps to sun baked fields.
The 2015 vintage experienced mild conditions and provided steady ripening. This resulted in exceptional natural acidity in white varieties and excellent colour accumulation in reds. Great fruit expression was observed across most varieties, with our winemakers very pleased with the quality and quantity. Time will define the standouts of the 2015 vintage, but the early indication is that the Rosato has great intensity of aromas and flavours complemented by a crunchy acid core.
The fruit for the 2015 Rosato was picked in late March at 12.0° baumé. The grapes were picked in the early morning, destemmed and then crushed to press. They were left for two hours on skins in the press to extract colour and tannin before being pressed off skins. Once in tank fermentation with some solids at a 12.0°C ferment temperature which allowed retainment of fresh aromas and flavours while providing texture and mouthfeel. The wine was left on yeast lees with weekly stirring to protect the freshness of the wine and adding complexity. The wine was bottled under screw cap in May 2015.