About this Wine
Hunter Valley, NSW
Deep purple with crimson hues
Fresh red berries, spice, intense violets and subtle toast which can only come from Rosehill.
An excellent year in the Hunter Valley. Dry throughout the growing season, the vineyards burst early but a cool spring slowed the growth periods, meaning ripening was around 2-3 weeks later than usual. December saw warm weather with average rainfall allowing for healthy and clean canopies giving excellent ripening conditions. January and February saw significantly lower than average rainfall conditions which meant ripening was even and let the team have the ability to pick fruit at its optimum ripeness.
Intense fruit and structural, the palate is long and fresh with beautiful weight and poise.
Rosehill 1965 vines is a special site, 3 small blocks uniquely planted to provide great contrast on the one soil type. Three parcels all picked and fermented separately, with one parcel utilising around 20% whole bunches. A short cold soak and fermentation time, before pressing to tank and transfer to large format French oak at 25% new. After 13 months the wine was blended and bottled.
Will reward cellaring for up to 50 years.
97 points - Campbell Mattinson
2020 Halliday Wine Companion
Stellar release from a stellar vineyard. It's a wine of flesh, flavour, spread and run. It tastes of plum and mineral, redcurrant and anise mainly, though peppercorn, deli meat and black pepper notes all make contributions. But really, the fruit is the thing; this is just so pure, so pretty and so sure.
95+ points - Gary Walsh
The Wine Front
Bold and ruggedly tannic, ripe raspberry and boysenberry, a bit of earthiness, and certainly some flowers buried under it. Almost into full-bodied, the ‘minerally’ ferrous tannin is a beautiful thing here, so much so that the tannin lover in me wants to push up the score because of them, acidity is bright and firm, and the finish long and replete with tannin. Dense. Packed. Great wine. Perhaps the dark horse of the range, and more than likely to rate higher with time.
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