Astute followers of Margrain wine – and there are certainly a few where the Rosé is concerned – will immediately notice that this year’s model displays a more restrained colour. The somewhat demure hue of farm raised salmon reflects both the cooler aspect of the 2017 summer, as well as the effects of the reduced time the juice spent on skins, admittedly a kneejerk reaction to last year’s dalliance with the blood of the bull!
In the bottle the wine nonetheless impresses as tall and tanned and just like that girl from Ipanema so long ago, she proves young and lovely when in the glass. Beguiling aromas of fallen rose petal greet the nose followed by raspberry sorbet and stewed tamarillo, while a hint of Caramelo adds a wiggle to the walk. There is an upwelling of sweet honey-roasted almonds, rich panforte then a little zesty lime and the crispness of snapped biscotti.
On the pallet the wine is a pure indulgence. Creamy strawberry gelato and sticky lemon meringue pie slide languidly across the tongue while the tantalising hint of honeyed sweetness ambushes the tastebuds to bring them totally under its spell. It screams of lazy summer days beside the sea and is at once your guide, friend and lover. It oozes chewy caramel flavours and is gentle, soft and round with velvet smooth phenolics yet will surprise in the finish as the thin wedge of acidity delivers a blueberry tang.
Harvest date: 3 – 11 April 2017
Brix at Harvest: 22.8 – 23.4°
Final Alcohol: 12.6%
Total Acidity: 6.4 g/l
Residual Sugar: 8.0 g/l
Bottling Date: 14 August 2017
Release Date: 1 September 2017
Cellaring: Enjoy during the long, hot, lazy days of Summer.