Ulithorne ‘Epoch’ McLaren Vale Rosé 2021

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Ulithorne has a long established reputation for quality McLaren Vale wines, even if they have been small quantity production levels and hard to find. Brilliant to see these wines now reaching a wider audience, and with eye-catching packaging. This is a fine Rosé made from 100% Mourvèdre, sourced from a single vineyard in McLaren Vale. The soil is described as ‘loam over limestone’. The team used the cool of night to ensure freshness of fruit when harvesting and the wine received just four hours of skin contact to provide that lovely pale pink colour, reminiscent of the last rays of a gentle sunset. Direct pressing, cold settling and tank fermentation for 18 days, followed by three months lees contact.

A delicate and elegant style (possibly not the first thing one thinks of with the region but here is compelling evidence that all things are possible). The resulting Rosé is ideal for chilling and enjoying over summer by the pool or at a picnic. Lovely flick of acidity carries the wine. There is good focus and decent length. Gentle flavours of strawberry notes and florals linger. Nicely perfumed. A drink now style and a lovely Rosé.

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