Ashton Hills Vintage Rosé Sparkling 2016
6 Pack Buy. 96 Points and Best of Best in Halliday’s 2020 Wine Companion. Stunning sparkler from Adelaide Hills, previously known as Salmon Brut.
Ashton Hills has the oldest pinot vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Stephen George wears two winemakers’ hats … one for his Ashton Hills wines coming from his estate vineyard high in the Adelaide Hills, the other for the iconic Wendouree wines in Clare. He refers to his dry grown Piccadilly Valley vineyard planted back in 1982 as the “Burgundy of the Adelaide Hills”. Stephen is one of Australia’s most highly respected winemaking viticulturalists and a pioneer of Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. In 1982 he planted his dry-grown 3 hectare vineyard (which he refers to as his garden!) and has experimented much with trellising and planting 21 different pinot clones and settled on the best performing 5 clones.
We are thrilled to see the return of Ashton Hill’s fine sparkler. The label has had a slight makeover and name change .. previously called Salmon Brut, is now called Vintage Rosé.
Pinot Noir fruit for the Ashton Hills Vintage Rosé is sourced from a single vineyard lying in the Piccadilly Valley – a particularly cool, wet and humid part of the Adelaide Hills. An area well-suited to producing crisp, finely-flavoured sparkling wines.
The cold climate of Piccadilly Valley – with its low degree day summation, north facing aspect and, of course, altitude, ake it ideal for this 100% Pinot Blanc des Noirs.
The 2016 growing season in the Adelaide Hills started early and was over in a flash. A warm spring resulted in early flowering and great flavour development, with stronger than average yields hand-thinned to maximise fruit flavour and concentration. This 2016 was hand picked and whole bunch pressed, with the free run juice drained to tank for settling. Settled juice was fermented in tank, racked and blended before tirage. The attractive salmon hue was achieved by including a small amount of dry pinot noir table wine at dosage, further enhancing the depth of colour, flavour and texture.The wine was disgorged after two years on less, with the Liqueur d’expédition a blend of Ashton Hills’ still Pinot Noir and 9 g/L dosage.
Driven by primary fruit in its infancy, a fresh bowl of cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit greets the nose. Subtle notes of damask rose and creamy, biscuity notes add complexity. On the palate bright, juicy fruits, a light creaminess and lees-aged texture, careful dosage and the refreshing, natural acidity that comes from the high altitude vineyard each play their part and are lifted by a fine, delicate bead. Beautiful now but will cellar up to 8 years.
96 points and included in Best of the Best in James Halliday’s 2020 Australian Wine Companion “Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed. Delicious fresh-cut strawberries and red cherries, when you taste the fruit you think it will be sweet, but it’s not, it is utterly hedonistic, with further development on cork if you so wish.”
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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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