HIGH NOON ROSÉ
This is a dry, full bodied rosé. It is bottled early to retain freshness and we encourage you to serve this wine cool but not tongue-numbingly cold (which dulls the flavour) 10 – 13°C is ideal. This wine is produced as naturally as possible and so it may develop some crystals in the bottle with refrigeration.
We generally recommend consuming the High Noon Rosé whilst young, within a year or two of the vintage, when it is full of fresh fruit aromas and flavours.
Food matching suggestions
A very versatile wine which works well with a wide variety of foods, from more delicate seafood dishes, to those with some chilli heat and almost any dish of Mediterranean origin. Try with sushi rolls, garlic prawns, roasted quail, chargrilled tuna or Paella. Think Japanese, Thai, Spanish or lunchtime in Provence.
The grapes are picked in the cool of the morning and crushed into an open vat. After just one night in contact with the skins the rosé juice is pressed off, followed by a cool fermentation and maturation for 6 months in our special large old oak cask (foudre) reserved for this purpose.
Grapes for this wine come from old Grenache bush vines growing on the Winery and BJ’s blocks which were planted in 1934 and 1943. Average yields from these vines are 1.5 to 2 tons per acre (depending on adequate winter rain). They are growing in sandy loam over clay and due to their age have a deep root system which helps to produce the intensely flavoured grapes for this flavoursome, full bodied rosé.
300 dozen (domestic sales only)
Vintages Produced: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 , 2012, 2011, 2010 (Dark Noon Rosé), 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 and earlier vintages produced by my father starting in 1982
2019 High Noon Rosé
This year's wine features a deeper colour than usual due to the inclusion for the first time of some Graciano. The Grenache crop was too small in 2019 to produce enough grapes to fill our special rosé barrel but we had a good crop of Graciano. Graciano we thought would make an excellent addition to the rosé because it has good acidity to contribute freshness to the wine. This was especially valuable in a warm year like 2019, so it was a natural fit. The result is a slightly deeper coloured wine, with generous body and a nice freshness enhanced by the Graciano. It maintains the lovely round texture and graceful balance that we consider so important. Produced this year from 74% Grenache with 26% Graciano.
Rae's label features detail of a 'Wild Strawberry', the colour more reflective of this year's wine.
2018 High Noon Rosé
A little deeper in colour and fuller in body than last year's wine, whilst retaining the soft texture and balance so important for drinking pleasure. Produced as usual with only a gentle guiding hand from us, from 100% estate grown Grenache. Rae's label this year features the lovely curved form of snail shells.
2017 High Noon Rosé
This year’s wine is quite light in colour, with a very fresh aroma, both of which belie the full bodied palate to be found here. Produced from 100% Grenache. The label this year features a detail from ‘Acqua Pazza’, an original painting by Rae.
Any Rosé produced before 2017 is now fully mature but should still be very enjoyable!
Rosé serving temperature:
It is important to serve this wine at the right temperature for maximum enjoyment. We recommend 10-13 degrees. Colder than 10 the flavours are dulled; warmer than 13 the wine can appear flabby and not as refreshing.
This can take a little practice to get right. Your house fridge, at around 4 degrees, is too cold but if the house is warm this might be a good thing, giving a buffer for the wine to absorb some heat on pouring. Your cellar is likely too warm unless you have an underground or controlled climate room, in which case it may be close to right.
We use a small 'wine cabinet' set at 13 degrees to keep all of our wines for current drinking. This works very well for the Rosé and is a little too cold for the reds but we find it is quick and easy to bring them up to temperature.
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