Notes from Dane on this one:
As some of you may already know the Cardinia Ranges Vineyard was sold earlier
this year and the new owner has now pulled out the vines for development.
As such it is with much sadness to say .. This will be the Final wine from that site.
Hannah and I first started farming this plot 5 years ago. At that time it was a
sprawling mess of vines that had not been tended to for over 3 years. It took a lot
of hard work, long days and a lot of sweat to bring it back into the balance of a productive harmonious vineyard.
I have always had a great affection for this piece of land. With it’s decomposed
granite soils and large granite boulders strewn through out and surrounded by
an olive grove and large sprawling trees.
This rosé is made entirely from Pinot noir of various different clones. As the
soils are relatively sandy and devoid of much nutrient at all the cropping levels
have always been kept very low, usually less than 1kg per plant. The vineyard
has been free of any non-organic treatments for 7 years now and in the last 3 years has been producing some really incredible fruit.
The resulting wine is fine boned and detailed whilst still having flesh and
complexity in spades. Fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel this is by no
means a ‘fruit forward’ rosé. It is savory and mineral driven, largely from the
granitic soils from which it is grown but the 2019 also has more substance than
the previous vintages, a shade darker if you will.
These soils and the large granite boulders give the wine an intense electric
nature and energy. I’m extremely happy with this wine, it is definitely the best
rendition of it yet and is bitter sweet because after this release there will be no