2017 SMALL LOTS TEMPRANILLO - JULY 1 RELEASE

2017 SMALL LOTS TEMPRANILLO - JULY 1 RELEASE

34.95

VQA PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

ESTATE GROWN AND BOTTLED

750 mL

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Estate Vineyard

Grown entirely on Rosehall Run Vineyards Estate, planted 2013.

 Winemaking

After a three-week fermentation the wine was pressed lightly and the press cut and free run were blended and barreled down. A mix of new 3-year air dried Minnesota oak and second fill French oak seemed a suitable place to conjure typicity.

 Tasting Notes

Perfumed, floral and sweet berry fruit on the nose; on the palate cherry, plum and tomato flavours followed with hints of cedar and oak, medium tannins with a lingering dry finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Enjoy with pizza or pasta with tomato-based sauce, also pairs nicely with a variety of summer BBQ meats. Delicious with lean steak like New York or Filet Mignon.  A perfect pairing for Spanish dishes like  paella.

Critical Acclaim

“This is the first Tempranillo made in The County and it’s a beauty. It wasn’t a perfect vintage in 2017 and Sullivan had to thin the vines to one cluster per shoot and pulled most of the leaves around the fruit. It was slow ripening all season and the fruit wasn’t harvested until after the first hard frost on Nov. 7. Just over 2 tonnes at 21.5 Brix were harvested. Not big like Rioja, but more like a County take on this varietal with a perfumed, floral nose with red berries, plums, cherries and light spice notes. Since first reviewed, the tannins have softened but have not affected the structure of the wine, just made it more approachable. It has beautiful texture with red berries, a certain savouriness and controlled spice flavours that last through a long and finessed finish. I sense it will continue to get better as it ages up to five years and beyond, like most Rioja-style wines. Very nice juice.” Score 91 Rick Vansickle, WinesinNiagara.com

 “Sourced from estate vines planted in the meagre, limestone-infused soil at Hungry Point in PEC, this opens with aromas of mocha, charred toast and dark berry fruit. It captures the palate with ripe, sweet-infused flavours of red cherry, red currant and piquant spice interlaced with mineral notes, oodles of tang and plenty of charm. It’s medium bodied with good mouth feel and a lengthy finish with plenty of palate replays. Pour with hearty stew or cassoulet.” Score 90 Vic Harradine, winecurrent.ca

“Rosehall Run celebrates the release of its inaugural Tempranillo this weekend. Vines were planted on the Wellington vineyard in 2013 and produced this charming small batch red from 2017, which was aged in a combination of new American and older French oak barrels. It delivers attractive fruit, floral and spice notes, with an overall approachable character. The style and structure should see this develop in bottle over the next two or three years. I’m not sure why you’d want to wait though. Drink now to make the most of its the fresh and fruity character. Recommended .” Christopher Waters, Waters on Wine