Fabulous, heady, musky nose of violets, strawberry and blueberry. Waxy texture, savoury spice and tart red fruits. Very much a Rose-esque wine, and I certainly don’t see this as orange or white. There’s plenty of complexity and curious moluthfell for the wine to be really interesting and different, and the flavours are defined and direct. A case of Jekyll and Hyde, thrust and parry. NW
All fruit from Freeman Vineyards in Prunevale, Hilltops region. 80% de-stemmed and 20% kept as whole bunches. Fermented using natural yeast, in 1 tonne open top pot fermenters. Extended skin maceration for 32 days post ferment (Mellowing out the astringency and releases fermentation gases so it’s not so gassy in the barrel). Pressed off into seasoned and neutral (neutral oak allows micro-oxygenation without much of the oak flavour) French oak barriques for 10 months. No fining or filtration and minimal preservative used as sulphur dioxide.
We would say this is a red wine, not an orange wine. But call it what you like!