Rose Kentish Vermentino 2017
Vermentinu (also known as Vermentino in Italy) is indigenous to Italy, Sardinia and Corsica. Dry grown on the Island of Corsica, a 5-hour ferry ride off the South coast of France, this variety is the most popular of the white wine varieties in the region. Hand-picked from old vines, these grapes are held at cool temperature overnight, giving the juice time to mascerate with the grape skins. The must is pressed, keeping the free-run juice and the pressings separate, so that Rose keeps control throughout the winemaking process up until the final blending is required.
The 2016 vintage emits layers of grapefruit, brine, nashi pear and fennel. It has a long dry finish, holding flavour across the palate long after the wine is tasted. This wine is all about the texture and freshness that can be achieved from Corsican Vermentinu fruit.
The grapes are sourced under an agreement Rose has with Domaine Vecchio on the Island of Corsica. After hand picking small parcels of Vermentinu from across the estate, she then takes the fruit back to the small winery to crush and ferment each variety separately. Then, approximately 5 months after vintage, Rose returns to Corsica to blend the different parcels of Vermentinu to achieve a daring, exposé of texture and freshness, unique to Corsica, bottling it on the estate and shipping it home to Australia.