Little Island Rosé 2023
Another bright fresh style from the little island stable; with a pale pink colour, faint whiffs of watermelon skin and strawberries and cream, this is a super example of a dry Rosé. As per the previous vintage (and first vintage of this little island rosé), it is an intentional blend of Shiraz from our Kangaroo Island and McLaren Vale shiraz. Drink chilled.
We had a dry-ish winter with late rains (they came eventually in August). The growing season was cool and reasonably dry. We had very few hot days during the ripening period and started picking (Chardonnay) about 12 days later than the previous year. Crops were small, similar in volume to 2022. The quality of fruit was excellent for both red and white varieties.
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. This process remains the same, year in and year out.
Vineyard block: A Block Shiraz (Kangaroo Island) and Bradens in McLaren Vale
Picking Date: 31st March and 4th April 2023 Kangaroo Island, 28th February 2023 McLaren Vale
Bottling Date: 5th June 2023