Across the temperate south west of Western Australia, the preceding winter of 2015 was typically dry yet sufficiently wet enough to fill catchments. The spring, less blustery than recent years and the start to summer, warm to hot. All in all, a promising start.
As summer progressed, the early warmth suggested a rapid fire, short vintage. Then in the middle of January, this prediction was derailed by significant rains as the Mount Barker region spent the vintage period in and out of humid on-shore streams with the resultant rainfall to April, twice the average. To make life more challenging, the native marri blossom was curiously absent, a complete about – turn to 2015. The resultant ‘bird pressure’ as we call it, does have a significant impact on quality, quantity and stress levels.
The vintage commenced on February 6th with the harvest of Pinot Noir for sparkling base and concluded on 9th April with Cabernet Sauvignon from the Abercrombie Vineyard. Throughout this busy period, our vineyard team worked tirelessly to select and sort only the best grapes from our vineyards under challenging circumstances, with impressive results from Chardonnay, Riesling and Shiraz.
It is vintages like 2016 that draw upon our collective expertise, knowledge and experience to create good outcomes. It is also under some pressure that the necessary changes to picking criteria give you unexpected yet promising outcomes and the opportunity to acquire and retain new knowledge from the experience.
The 2016 Marchand & Burch Rosé is made from early picked Pinot Noir grapes grown on the elevated slopes of our Mount Barrow vineyard in the Mount Barker sub region of the Great Southern.
Fruit and Juice Handling
Picked at a ripeness of 12.5⁰Be and maintained for a few hours on skins before gentle pressing to extract fine flavours, soft tannins and subtle colour.
Fermentation & Maturation
After minimal settling, the juice ferments naturally in older French oak. Fermentation temperatures reach 22⁰C and the lees were stirred weekly from later in the fermentation until dry. During the few months in oak and on lees, partial malolactic occurred.
The wine was minimally fined and filtered prior to bottling in June 2016.
Harvest dates: 14th and 15th March 2016
pH 3.36 Acidity 6.0 g/lt. Alcohol 12.5% v/v
The 2016 Marchand & Burch Rosé is the colour of poached strawberries with evocative floral notes of wild red berries, freshly plucked from hedgerows.
Fine fruit flavours of briary and just ripe berries mix with damp earth to give savoury and mineral notes. The delicate and vibrant fruits of the palate have been gently encased in a soft mealy texture from time in oak, which has added weight and complexity.
A modern, dry and delicate rosé of great style and substance
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Drink at its best over the coming Spring and Summer.