A family owned and operated winery from McLaren Vale, The Hedonist is all about producing quality wines, at reasonable prices. All of their grapes are grown using biodynamic practices, with an emphasis on soil health and biodiversity in the vineyard.
The 2019 Sangiovese Rose comes fresh off the back of the award-winning 2018 vintage, which took home the trophy for Best Rose in Show at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. It's spicy, floral and delicate.
Harvested in the cool of the night, crushed straight into the press and left on skins for approximately 3 hours before a very gentle pressing. Just enough to pick up the lovely red berry and apricot kernel flavours, as well as allowing the perfect salmon pink colour to develop. The pressings were kept separate. The wine was fermented slowly over the course of a few weeks at 12 degrees in stainless steel to preserve the brightness of the fruit from the Sangiovese required for the elegant style of Rosé we pursue. Fermented dry, racked and earth filtered prior to bottling.
Pale salmon colour with pink hues. The nose is quite floral with rose petal, strawberries, apricots and nashi pear. The palate is soft and fresh with a creamy texture. Crisp acidity, fine and elegant with great length. The palate is savoury and structured with abundance of summer berries and finishing with tart nashi pear.
A dynamic trio – the winemaking team consists of Walter Clappis, a veteran winemaker of 36 vintages, daughter, Kimberly and her partner James Cooter. Walter’s experience and wisdom plus the energy and enthusiasm of the new generation, has created the perfect balance in the winery. All the wines reflect a purity which is consistent with the Winemakers and their philosophies.
NICK BUTLER - THE REAL REVIEW
High-toned, citrus-driven aromatics of lemon and pink grapefruit. Just-ripe. Dry and fresh, the citrus theme carries through to the palate - could equally be white wine, lemon essence and crunchy acidity. It's a pleasant drink, best enjoyed with food.