Tar & Roses ‘The Rose’ Shiraz 2019 Red Wine – Heathcote, Australia
Grapes come from a selection of vineyards in Heathcote. Two are off the deep red Cambrian soil and the third comes from tougher more gravelly ground. The Cambrian delivers intense wines with chocolate and earth while the other terroir is more highly fragrant with good acid and sweet fruit.
The grapes for this wine were hand picked from a combination of vineyards. They were all kept separate during their fermentation and maturation lives. The fruit was crushed and destemmed into two tonne open fermenters and hand plunged three times a day. After approximately ten days of fermentation, during which time the temperature and acid levels were monitored, they were individually pressed to tank using an air bag press. Finally the wine was racked off gross lees and put into barrel to finish malolactic fermentation and mature in a combination of new French and older barriques.
Aromas of black mulberries, mint and spice with hints of chocolate and vanilla. An elegantly crafted palate of rich, ripe dark cherries, blood plums and mulberries with fine tannins and a long finish.
Food PairingBarbecued Wagyu with garlic mash, roasted beetroot and a fresh garden salad.
About Tar & Roses
Since 2004, Don Lewis and Narelle King have been making wine in Priorat, Spain. Their immersion within the classic European wine regions and varietals sparked their interest in how these varietals could be grown and made in their own regions within Central Victoria. This fascination was the catalyst for the creation of Tar & Roses. With wines produced from fruit grown in Heathcote, Strathbogie Ranges, Alpine Valleys and extending to Priorat in Spain, Tar & Roses reflects the partnership between Don and Narelle, the multi-regions of Spain, Italy and Australia, and traditional winemaking alongside the new.
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