The 2011 Sparrow and Vine Grenache Rosè has landed. As with the 2010 vintage this is sourced from Noel Doecke’s vineyard in the Eden Valley and is made in the same, European influenced dry style. It was made by Wayne Ahrens of Smallfry Wines.
Grapes were picked in two tranches about a week apart and at lower sugar levels than the 2010 leaving a finished wine at a refreshing 10.9% alcohol. Fermentation was in tank with natural, wild yeasts and the lees had a regular stir to add some texture.
Again a bone dry style and one that dips its lid to Spain with aromas of straw, raspberries and spice before the palate, taut with cherry and tangy raspberry flavours and a really crisp, clean refreshing finish.
You can read a review of the wine by Steve at Qwine Blog if you click here. He summed it up in one word, delicious. Couldn’t have put it better myself.