2016 I'll Fly Away Pétillant Naturel Rosé
A new sparkling out of the Yarra - notes from the winemaker..: The fruit for this wine came from the Six Js Vineyard (formerly know as Roundstone) in Steels Creek in the lower Yarra Valley. After hand picking the fruit was whole bunch pressed quite firmly to extract colour and some phenolics. Natural fermentation took place in old 300L and 500L barrels. When the fermentation was in its final stages the wine was racked off the gross lees and a small amount of fresh Cabernet Franc juice was added to bring the sugar level in the must to the desired level. Fermentation then continued as the wine warmed in bottle and stopped when yeast could not cope with the pressure, leaving a fresh, vibrant, textural wine that is gently sparkling with a small amount of residual sugar which is in balance with the wines acidity. Bottles have been dirtily hand disgorged without freezing the cap to remove the bulk of yeast lees but leave a small amount that adds to texture and helps keep the wine fresh. Amount of lees varies with each bottle. Tartrates that formered on the side of the bottle when the wine cooled over winter may not have been completely removed by disgorging. No sulfur dioxide (preservative) has been added at any stage; naturally occurring sulfites may be present from the fermentation process.