Fermented in small old barriques, the beautiful natural colour of our Rosé is obtained from light pressing of the skins of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay used for sparkling base.
The Terre à Terre Rosé is an excellent example of textural rosé from the very cool climate region of Piccadilly Valley. It is very aromatic and also very savoury.
Each year, hand-harvested fruit from the Bizot vineyard and the Summertown Vineyard destined for Sparkling is chilled in our cold room for 2 days before being pressed as whole fruit. We only retain 550L maximum for our sparkling bases, and use the remaining juice for our Rosé.
Planted by Charles “Chilly” Hargrave in 1987, the Summertown Vineyard (Piccadilly Valley) is one of the oldest vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. It is planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the fruit has always been used for sparkling wine – and some years for top end table Chardonnay.
The Bizot vineyard is situated in the heart of Piccadilly Valley, and is one of the highest vineyards in the valley at 500m altitude. The soil is red clay and sandy loams over a 70 million-year-old shale rock formation. The Chardonnay is planted on a north-north east facing slope.
The terroir in the higher, cooler slopes of the Piccadilly Valley makes it ideal for Sparkling wine produced using Méthode Traditionnelle.