Thursday, 1 November 2012

PRETTY IN PORTUGUESE PINK

Media Release: 1 November 2012

Although miles apart by geography, the highly regarded winemaking regions of Portugal and NSW’s Central Ranges, are surprisingly firm friends when it comes to the production of easy-to-drink, fresh Rosé wines. Transport yourself to another time and place this summer by indulging in a glass of the latest collaborative effort from Cumulus Estate Wines and The Berardo Group of Portugal. Introducing the…

2012 LUNA ROSA Rosado (rrp: $14.99)

As part-owner of Cumulus Estate Wines and some of the most prestigious wine estates in Portugal, The Berardo Group brings a wealth of European winemaking knowledge to the Orange-based wine business. Lending their global expertise to the production of wines with exceptional depth and flavour, this exciting fusion of old world Portuguese artisanship with new world cool climate winemaking has led to the creation of the delightfully drinkable Luna Rosa Rosado.

The second vintage of Luna Rosa, the 2012 is a uniquely styled Australian Rosé that is naturally lighter in alcohol, a perfect addition to balmy spring and summer entertaining. Winemaker Debbie Lauritz says, “Our first Luna Rosa was all about testing the waters with the market. With this latest wine, I really think we’ve hit the mark. We were looking to create a lighter bodied style that displayed brighter fruit characters and a fresh acid. I am excited to say I think we have managed to create something truly special.”

A blend of 50% Grenache, 50% Mourvedre was used; sourced from slightly warmer vineyard sites to ensure adequate tannin levels, the parcels were also picked early to ensure lighter flavours and alcohol could be achieved. Upholding European winemaking techniques, a small tank of juice was also held back during the fermentation process before being added back into the wine to keep alcohol levels low. Debbie says, “Each parcel of fruit was picked in the cool of the night by the light of the moon to retain the delicate aromatics, hence the name Luna Rosa. We also kept the wine very cold post-ferment to give it a very light spritz on the palate, adding freshness and lift.”

The ceramic tiles that decorate the Luna Rosa label take their inspiration from the Portuguese Azulejos (or polished stones). Closely associated with Portuguese culture, the pattern on these tiles symbolises the joining of these old and new world winemaking techniques, a passion that remains at the heart of all Cumulus Estate Wines.

Debbie concludes, “This style of Rosé wine is enjoyable because it is light, refreshing, well-balanced and fruity – just as rosé should be. It’s the perfect choice for those looking for a refreshing alternative to white wine this summer, and the ideal accompaniment to tapas, seafood and spicy Asian foods…or if you prefer, simply enjoy it on its own.”

Only one thing is for sure; it doesn’t matter how you drink it, just make sure it’s with good friends and family. Saúde!

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RRP $14.99 - Distributed by Cumulus Estate Wines

Available nationally through good independent bottle shops
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