2017 'Rylstone Estate Match Point' Rosé
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Brought to you by Rylstone Estate.
A gastronomic rosé. Inspired by the Grand Cru Bordeaux Rosés developing the ‘serious’ side of the rosé category which have shown the ability to also age gracefully. Match Point Rosé elegantly combines a premium terroir, careful grape selection, serious winemaking attention and time maturing on lees to produce a sensational gastronomic rosé. The label was designed and painted by Melbourne artist, Steve Cross.
By Will de Beaurepaire and James Wilkinson
The vineyard is located above Rylstone in the Central Ranges GI of NSW (40km southeast of Mudgee, 70km northeast of Bathurst). It was planted in 1998, with a mixture of Bordeaux, Rhône, and Burgundy varieties with the intention of selling most of the grapes whilst organically growing wine production. The decision to plant the vineyard at this location over other established winegrowing regions (including family winemaking operations in the Yarra Valley) was due to the similarity of the terroir to Burgundy. The vineyard is in a mountain valley, 150 kilometres from the coast in the Great Dividing Range. It is planted on North facing slopes rising from the Cudgegong River to an altitude of 650m. Geologically, the vineyard is planted on an Ordovician-era (450 MY ago) coral reef with shallow sandy and sandy-loam soils on limestone. The limestone was mined nearby until recently by Kandos Cement. The altitude, distance from ocean and poor heat retention of the soil and limestone, creates an inland continental climate as cool as Central Otago in New Zealand and Tasmania in Australia during the growing season with extreme diurnal variation – late Sept/Oct Budburst, Jan/Feb Veraison and March/April Harvest.
Budburst was 30 September 2016. The season started with very low soil moisture after a very dry winter. A wet middle of the season around and after Veraison in late January recovered yields but the dry weather returned toward harvest. It was overall a relatively cool vintage enabling an extended ripening period balancing out the acidity, tannin and flavour.
Harvest: Individually selected parcels of Cabernet and Merlot were harvested in 18 March 2017 for Merlot and 12 April 2017 for Cabernet. Sourced from vines with an average vine age of 17 years at the time of harvest.
100% destemmed and delicately pressed with 4 hours maceration on skins before being fermented in steel tanks. Fined with Bentonite. Vegan Friendly.
Analysis: pH 3.21, TA 6.4g/l, VA 0.34g/l, RS 1.3g/l AGING Extended maturation in tanks with some oak staves for 24 months.
The Palate is dry and fresh with crisp acidity and cherry flavours. The Bouquet is rose petal, strawberry with a hint of dark cherry
WINE AND FOOD MATCHING
It is a perfect combination with salad Nicoise, paella or grilled chicken, fish or lamb with herbs. Similarly, it is very enjoyable with grilled fish, rustic pâtés and terrines, charcuterie boards and sheep’s cheeses. Loves sushi and sashimi.
Cellaring Potential: 10 years (2027)
Serving Temperature: 10 degrees C / 50 degrees
VARIETAL MIX: 76% Cabernet, 24% Merlot
GI: Central Ranges (Rylstone), NSW, Australia