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Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:59

Autumn 2015 News!



First 2015 Vintage bottled

Harvest 2015 was long and tiring, but ultimately very successful and we have been delighted with the quality of the wines as they begin to age in their respective barrels or tanks.  No such ageing is necessary for our hugely successful, fresh and vibrant rosé wines, the grapes for which were picked way back in August!  The first of our 2015 Rosés are already bottled, are on their way to their respective clients and will be available before Christmas in the UK!  Gone are the days when Rosé is saved for the summer, these are deliciously drinkable and a perfect, festive pink aperitif!


Exclusive Naked Wines UK Super Premium 2014 Syrah Released

We’re delighted to announce the release of the Cuvée Spéciale MMXIV, which was showcased at the Naked Wines Christmas tastings a week ago.  2014 was such an exceptional year for reds at Sainte Rose, particularly the rhone red varieties, that we though if there was any year we could make a super premium red it was then! Our grafted Syrah block yielded particularly concentrated, quality fruit and it was from this that we created this special cuvée, which is a statuesque, powerful and deeply flavoured single varietal Syrah matured in new and one year old french oak.  


2016 Investments

In any good business, reinvestment in infrastructure and equipment is fundamental to ongoing success so following our 14th harvest at Sainte Rose, we are planning significant investment in both the vineyards and the winery.  Replacement of the pump and filter for our bore hole is top of the list for viticultural items along with the extension of our drip irrigation system into the Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards.  We are also going to replace our 3 row Hardy foliar sprayer in order to treat the vines more efficiently and effectively.  In the winery the top of the list is a brand new 100hl Bucher Vaslin press, which is double the size of our current press and will make processing the volume of grapes that we are now producing so much easier and efficient.  A new extended refrigeration system is equally important along with a must chiller and flotation pump.  

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Saturday, 19 September 2015 06:21

Harvest 2015

Harvest 2015


The past 6 weeks have been a hectic rollercoaster of picking and processing, but we are pleased to say that almost all 36 hectares worth of grapes and juice are now safely in the winery at Sainte Rose being carefully monitored through primary fermentation!  What is left is a few rows of our older block of Roussanne, which we have left on the vine to concentrate in flavour and pick up some noble rot, with a view to making a limited edition late harvest sweet wine!


It has been a strange harvest, with periods of intense activity interspersed with nervous weather watching as a number of storms blew through the region.  In our particular area, none of the storms were as violent or wet as predicted by the forecasters and had no adverse effects on fruit quality.  They did however provide a bit of respite from the long hours of picking and processing in order to manage the increasing workload in the winery.


The fruit and subsequent juice quality has been excellent this year with clean, healthy fruit, good yields and fantastic flavours.  The vinification work is ongoing in the winery, but it is looking like a very good year!

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Monday, 10 August 2015 08:47

Vintage 2015 Begins!

Vintage 2015


The month of July saw daytime temperatures of 42 degrees C and there had been not a drop of rain for more than 6 weeks.  At Sainte Rose we were thankful for the drip irrigation in our vineyards, which has ensured that the extreme temperatures and lack of water have not caused any hydric stress in the vines and that the grapes continue to ripen in a healthy fashion.  We were however preparing for another extremely early harvest.  


The start of August brought some cooler days and some light rain that has at least washed the dust off the grapes.  Regardless, our harvest began on August 4th, with a test pick of our old block Chardonnay, which we now use exclusively for our VMQ Sparkling Chardonnay.  The yield is low in this mature block, but the fruit is clean and concentrated with excellent varietal characteristics.  The juice in the tank showed a potential alcohol of 10.5%, which is ideal for the sparkling base wine.  Once this wine has completed secondary fermentation in the bottle it is likely to reach 12%.


A second night of harvesting on 7th August saw the remaining Chardonnay for sparkling base coming in to the winery at 11% potential alcohol.  With maturity progressing at this rate, we will be picking again tomorrow and this time it will be Chardonnay from our young block and Sauvignon Blanc for our still white wines.  As always we will be picking the fruit at different stages of maturity so that we have a flavour spectrum of each variety from which to make the final blend.


Watch this space for further 2015 harvest updates and pictures!

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