We say Rosé but the Italians say Rosato. They may be pronounced differently but they both speak of refreshment regardless of where you are. A fresh, textural and dry style of Rosato using Sangiovese as the base variety and small amounts of Shiraz, Dolcetto and Pinot Noir.
Our Santa & D’Sas Rosato has been crafted to reflect the varieties that make up our expression of this wine style. A vibrant nose offers up raspberries, tangerine and rose petal with an underlying exotic spice. Intense flavours of sweet cherry and raspberries are interlocked with red currants and finishes with a hint of pink peppercorn. The palate extends to a dry, textural yet balanced finish.
The fruit for the 2017 Rosato was picked between the 26th and 31st of March at 11.6° baumé. The grapes were picked in the early morning, destemmed and then crushed to press. They were left between one and three hours on skins, depending on the variety in the press to extract colour, flavours and tannin before being pressed off skins. Once in tank, fermentation with some solids at a 12.0°C ferment temperature was completed slowly over 4 weeks. This 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.