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Worlds Apart


‘Everlasting Happiness’

Touriga Naçional Rosé   |   McLaren Vale - Australia


Silently I’m awaiting the rescue
Gazing into the waves
The sun is burning on my skin
I think it’s time to pack it in
I’m waiting for directions
To find the easy way
To everlasting happiness…

Inspired by the lyrics to Stranded by No Fun At All, Louis wanted to take his dream for everlasting happiness and bottle it; a serious rosé was the only answer. In 2023, the base of this wine is still Touriga Nacional, a Portuguese variety, from the organically farmed Petrucci vineyard in the heart of McLaren Vale, and this year it also saw a little splash of Syrah from the same block.

The fruit was hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed for three hours directly to old French oak tonneau with all of the gross lees.  Louis did a heavy amount of lees stirring for the first two to three weeks building texture and getting as much oxygen in the ferments as possible. The wine aged on the gross lees for three months and was racked to tank to settle naturally before being bottled with just a gentle filtration and small sulfur addition. No fining.


  • Grapes: 80% Touriga Naçional - 20% Syrah
  • Vineyard: Petrucci Vineyard (McLaren Flat)
  • Vine Age: Average: 6-years-old
  • Soil Type: Sandy loam over sandstone
  • Viticulture: Practicing organic
  • Fermentation: Native – neutral French oak barrels
  • Skin Contact: None – just at the press
  • Aging: 3 months in neutral French oak barrels
  • Alcohol: 12.7%
  • Residual Sugar: 0.7 g/L
  • pH: 3.3
  • Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
  • Total SO2: 66 ppm
  • Total Production: 425 cases

Tasting Note

Delicious seductive aromas of blood orange, crunchy pineapple and a wisp of papaya, into a palate of pure fresh summer watermelon. Disappears.

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