The drought broke in 2021, but this doesn’t mean it was smooth sailing for Queensland growers. Unfortunately their grower, Coxy, lost his entire Sangiovese crop to frost early in the season, another example of the brutal game they play, year in, year out. Was this the end of our much loved Sangio Rosé? We think not! They managed to source some fantastic fruit from their mates at Clovely Estate in the South Burnett to keep the Tangerine Dream alive. It looked prime on the vine and they decided to pick a little earlier than most to retain the bright acidity it was showing to keep somewhat inline with what they would usually produce from Coxy’s vineyard on the Granite Belt.
The Sangiovese came in and was pressed long and slow immediately and then chilled down in tank. It was settled, racked and then left to warm and naturally ferment. Ferments rocketed through this year so they chilled this to keep it below 20 degrees with a few good splashes. After initial ferment they loved this wines freshness but thought it could do with some added texture so added 10% of their La Douche Tropicale Verdelho. This skinsy addition proved the missing ingredient immediately providing mid palate weight and texture. The newly blended wine was settled and racked and then left to undergo MLF. Lots of lees work through the first 2 months and once MLF was completed a small sulphur addition was made. A final settling and racking occurred before it was bottled, unfined and unfiltered.