Deviation Road Altair Brut Rosé NV (RRP $35 WM $29.90)

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Tasting Note

This wine is made from a blend of Pinot Noir for its power and riper red fruit aromas and Chardonnay for citrus lift and finesse. We select the fruit from the cool south-facing slopes high in the Adelaide Hills. Sweet strawberry, cherry and spice aromas follow through to the palate, where the lively bubbles add lift and balance to these fruit flavours. This wine has wonderful length and supple mouth feel.

Winemaking

The fruit is all hand-picked and whole bunch pressed into tank for fermentation. A remaining parcel of Pinot Noir is fermented as red wine in open top fermenters with daily plunging. Fermentation lasts around 12 days and the wines go through malo-lactic ferment over winter to soften the acids. Blending then takes place, combining the clear base wine with around 4-7% of the red wine to achieve the pale pink colour and fruit lift that is signature of this wine. We tirage the wine by hand and store the bottles at 14` for a long consistent second ferment. Each bottle is riddled and hand disgorged on site in our Longwood winery. Small batches are disgorged at a time to allow the remaining bottles to continue ageing on lees as long as possible. The dosage liquor is crafted using a blend of base wines that have been aged for at least 12 months.

Vineyard

We source fruit from vineyards located high in the Lenswood district of the Adelaide Hills, where the vines have an average age of 25 years. These sites consistently produce outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for sparkling wine.

Dosage: 9 g/l
Alcohol: 12.5%
Cellar: Up to 5 years



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