|2015 The Noble Rose
A nose of orange blossom and honey followed by a caramel palate with touches of toasted
almonds and a clean acid finish which balances the wine beautifully.
93 (Halliday) "A real surprise packet"
A superb match to any cheese - but particularly to a biting cheddar or a stilton. The sweetness of this wine makes it a great dessert match to anything that has a little bite to it - such as rhubarb, lemon curd tart or a Bramley apple pie with cream. Recent hits have included a vanilla passionfruit parfait.
2014-15 was the driest season for 10 years in the Adelaide Hills. We therefore thought it was a good year to again make our signature sticky. We cut 75% of the fruit bearing canes on the 18th March when the fruit had reached 13 Baumé. Grape growing being what it is we then of course had record rainfall of around 138mm in both April and May while we were waiting for the bunches to dry and raisin. Unsurprisingly we got botrytis in the bunches which sadly meant we couldn't get the lovely pink colour in the 2015 vintage. However luckily botrytis is known as "the noble rot" and added great qualities to the finished wine. We hand picked 1.5 tonnes on the 17th May. Making a dessert wine makes for a long vintage!
The grapes were crushed and pressed off skins as soon as they arrived at the winery. The fermentation was stopped once it reached 10.3% alcohol and the wine was clarified, stabilised and bottled. Winemaker: Michael Sykes (Lodestone)