Femme Nue 2019 Rose ‘Menage a Trois’
Variety: ‘Menage a Trois’ Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet
Vineyard: Fruit was sourced from a single vineyard to make this blend;Yering Farm Estate Single Vineyard located in the heart of the Yarra Valley in an area known as ‘Yering’ .Vineyard established is 1989, it has both a North and East exposure. Relatively low in altitude, the vineyard is subject to many cool nights, so it is one of the last to ripen its fruit.
Grape Variety: 50% Chardonnay, 46% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Soil Composition:Sandy with clay loams
Training System: Scott Henry and Hanging Cane for Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaking: For the Sauvignon Blanc component; Hand harvested grapes, crushed and de-stemmed, skin contact for a few days, then pressed and transferred into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Juice was inoculated with a suitable yeast culture and the wine left on lees prior to blending.For the Chardonnay component; Whole bunches straight into the press. Gentle pressing took place with the free run juice separated. Inoculated with a yeast culture and transferred straight to barrel where primary fermentation took place for over 15 days. Malo-lactic bacteria added to barrel. Wine left on lees prior to blending.For the Cabernet Sauvignon component; de-stemmed whole berry into open 1 tonne fermentation pots. Cold soaked initially for 5 days. Juice was inoculated with a suitable yeast culture, the cap was hand plunged twice daily, with a long maceration time of 3 months.
Maturation: In 300 Litre French Oak Barrels used for Chardonnay and Cabernet, of which 33% were new. Sauvignon Blanc was matured in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of strawberries and cream with hints of watermelon and lychees. A silky palate with soft touches of summer fruits and a long lingering finish.