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2018 Rose Moon
2018 was one of the great vintages for Wilyabrup and Cullen Wines.
The balanced crops and weather produced perfectly ripened grapes which turned into vinous heaven for the wine drinker! Low yields and concentration also are a mark of this harvest.
This Petillant naturel was hand bottled in August 2018. It is the most natural wine in our 100% portfolio of natural wines and has no additions made to the wine
2018 Vintage Report
Growing season conditions:
During the growing season, traditional wet weather conditions prevailed through the winter months. Rainfall was close to 20% above 15 year average. 565mm, average 474mm.
Great spring conditions for the dry grown estate, good soil moisture reserves, followed by warm and dry conditions in November contributed to excellent conditions for flowering and fruit-set. This also contributed to healthy canopy growth and good shoot extension, leading into the summer months. 20% below average rainfall. 148mm, average 187mm.
The beginning of summer set the vines up well for the remainder of the season. Average temperatures through December and above average rainfall allowed for canopies to continue to function well, soil moisture reserves to be kept up and berry development to remain on track.
The remaining months of summer, January and February, leading into the 2018 vintage had temperatures which were below average, however this allowed for very effective photosynthesis within the canopies and consistent even ripening of the fruit. The vines were not impacted by any severe heat or moisture stress. Average daily maximums through January and February were 25 degrees, 1 to 2 degrees below average, and only 5 days above 30 degrees.
Healthy, balanced yields (average to above average) were experienced across all varieties which was helped by the late spring conditions. The moderate temperatures through the summer provided for excellent fruit composure, with great intensity of flavor.
Stand out varieties:
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon (exceptional), Malbec & Merlot. Excellent vintage for concentration, balance and perfume.
Colour: Red, rust, rose.
Bouquet: Perfumed rose, plum cassis with a hint of earth.
Palate: Fine bubbles, fruit, earth and flowers. Lots of flavour and a dash of Petillant natural funk.
Cellar: Drink now to 10 years.
Food: White chocolate mousse with watermelon granita.
Vineyard: Cullen and Mangan Vineyards.
Varieties: Vineyard collective of red grapes.
Oak: One month in older oak.
Sustainability Status: 100% biodynamic, 100% carbon neutral, 100% naturally powered.
This beautifully moreish sparkling wine is a blend of juice pressed from all the red varieties in the Cullen vineyards (cabernet, merlot, malbec, etc), made and bottled without any additions (no yeast, sulphur, etc). Bright, tangy, gluggable and fun, but with depth and weight enough to match bold, spicy food. $50
Max Allen Drinks columnist Australian Financial Review Aug 9, 2019 — 5.55am