In the time leading up to the 2018 vintage, the vines were slow to wake up. Below average temperatures in July, August and September resulted in a late bud burst, and left us wondering if we were facing a long drawn-out vintage. Things started to heat up from October onwards however, delivering above average spring and early summer temperatures, and one of the earliest harvests we have seen at Delamere. These unusual conditions produced solid crop levels with gorgeous flavour intensity, coupled with racy acidity. Flavour ripeness came on quickly, so it was all backs to the grindstone in a race against time as a compressed vintage unfolded before us. We are pleased to say that our hard work and long nights prevailed and we emerged out the other side of vintage spent but fulfilled, and above all delighted with our 2018 wines. We hope you will enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoyed making them.
Around two-thirds of the fruit for the 2018 Rosé was harvested from two of our Pinot Noir blocks selected specifically with this style in mind. The fruit was hand harvested, whole bunch pressed and fermented at low temperatures to retain freshness and the delicate enticing aromatics typical of Pinot Noir from our site. The remaining third of the blend is a saignée parcel from the production of the Delamere Pinot Noir. This adds depth of colour, structure and complexity to this delicious dry rosé.
Floral with notes of Turkish apricot and peach on the nose, following through with a crisp acidity reminiscent of fresh raspberries and grapefruit. Juicy and lifted, this wine is a great example of the 2018 vintage.
This wine has the versitilty to compliment an assortment of dishes, things such as whole-roasted chicken, marinated Kalamata olives, poached crayfish and char-grilled octopus would all be suitable accompaniments for the 2018 Rosé.