2016 Amigos Rose'

 

Tasting Note

A light-bodied Chardonnay that makes a statement about fruit purity. A lifted bouquet of crunchy white peach and ripe Meyer lemon with underlying sherbet and soft sweet dough. A fresh palate opens with ripe peach and nectarine with hints of ruby grapefruit, subtle texture from lees stirring in barrel adds complexity and mid palate richness. A lemon meringue acidity leads to a long, fine and elegant finish.

Winemaking

  • Hand harvested
  • Whole bunch pressed
  • Pressed juice straight to barrel for ferment
  • Indigenous yeast ferment
  • No additions of yeast, acid, yeast nutrient etc
  • No malolactic ferment
  • Battonage and aged on lees
  • Some sulphur and light bentonite fining in Spring
  • Bottled in December

Season

We have experienced another stellar season. The wettest winter for some time was followed by a dry and warm spring, punctuated by a wild spring storm that reduced yields of all white varieties as it coincided with flowering. A warm and dry summer with plentiful sunshine and no significant heatwaves set us on the path to two distinct harvest periods for white and red varieties. The reason that this year stood out was the absence of any heatwave during the white harvest coupled with cool evenings. The benefit of the cool evenings is evident in the retention of natural acidity in both red and white varieties. All wines have wonderfully ripe tannins and a fine, long and elegant structure (thanks in part to higher acidity), which should see these wines destined for a long cellar life. 

Technical

Al - 13.5

PH - 3.4

TA - 6.3

RS - 2.36

Reviews

James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

White peach and nougat on the bouquet and palate are followed by lightly spiced apple before minerally acidity cleanses the finish. Drink to 2023

Score: 94 Points
Wine Writer: James Halliday

The West Australian Weekend Magazine
9th April 2016

This is the Rocky Road vineyard wine renamed in honour of Murray McHenry's mother, Hazel. An exquisite wine displaying texture and richness but with typical control and elegance. Beautifully crafted, it has traces of butterscotch and brioche with a little grapefruit. Excellent. Best drinking: Now to 2026

Score: 95/100
Wine Writer: Ray Jordan

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