Little Island Rosé 2022
little island rosé is a bright fresh style (with a beautiful pale pink colour) with a nose of pomegranate and a whiff of watermelon and a little strawberries and cream, bringing together shiraz from our favourite regions of Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale. It’s a dry style, with lovely acidity and a crisp finish.
We had a wet winter on KI, which recharged soils with moisture in time for the growing season. November was quite windy, which can impact fruit set, but it turns out that this vintage we had a very even crop. Summer was mild without any big heat spikes which are perfect conditions for a long, slow ripening period. As a consequence, grapes from vintage 2022 have terrific fruit intensity and lovely acidity. Conditions in McLaren Vale followed similar patterns to Kangaroo Island, with less wind in November.
The little island rosé is a dedicated rosé – we picked the Shiraz from our Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale vineyards early to make this wine. Once in the winery, the grapes were pressed off skins and then fermented in stainless steel tanks, just like a white wine.
Halliday Wine Companion 2024
A dry style, well made and presented. Spiced strawberry and cherry flavours all juicy and appealing before a textural, well-honed, satisfying finish. It doesn't put a foot wrong.
SILVER MEDAL 94 PTS
Vineyard block: A Block Shiraz
Picking Date: 20th March 2002 (KI) 2nd March 2002
Bottling Date: 22nd May 2022