The base for this wine is made in a similar method to our still Rosé, and for our initial vintage Sangiovese was used as the base wine. The juice is left in contact with the skins for a few hours in the press to infuse colour and fruit flavours, and then pressed off into a tank and fermenting cool as we do for our whites. The natural acidity and freshness added by making a sparkling version balance the sweet fruit flavours and residual sugar of approximately 40g/L.
Our Alicante wine is made from grapes sourced from a stunning hilltop vineyard in the South Burnett. This naturally red fleshed (teinturier) variety requires little intervention to extract its deep inky colour. Gently handled in closed fermentation vessels it is then pressed to French oak barrels for maturation.
Sangiovese is the grape variety that makes up the major part of the red wines of Tuscany including Chianti and the very famous Brunello di Montalcino. While young it is packed with fresh cherries and spice notes and is known for its distinct tannins. Our 2015 Sangiovese was made aged in oak barrels for 12 months to develop complexity and structure.