The overwhelming popularity of this new wine ensured that a follow up sulphite free wine was produced in 2018.
Sulphur dioxide has been used for hundreds of years as a preservative in the wine making process, and works by reducing the amount of oxygen in the wine. This in turn prevents oxidation and ensures delicate aroma compounds remain intact. However, the preservative properties come with a catch, as sulphur dioxide is also a common allergen.
Rosily's practice of hand harvesting all its grapes - and then hand emptying each individual picking bucket into the crusher - means that our bunches remain intact until they go through the crusher. This reduces the amount of time that the juice can become oxidised, and makes it possible to produce a top quality wine without the addition of sulphur.
No sulphur dioxide is used in the production of Rosily's "Special Batch" SSB, although a very small amount of sulphide may be present in the wine as a natural by-product of the fermentation process.
Winemaker Mick Scott said making this sulphite free wine was like walking a tightrope.
“I’ve been wondering for quite a while if it was possible to make a really fresh white wine without using sulphites and I am really happy with result".
“Any little mistake where the wine becomes exposed to air could have instantly ruined this kind of wine.”
"The 2018 vintage is beautifully fresh with citrus and cut grass aromas from the Semillon and tropical and herbal notes from the Sauvignon Blanc. There is also a subtle butteriness from the malolactic fermentation. The palate is crisp and dry and as a result of the fanatical avoidance of air during the winemaking".
All of the fruit used in making this stunning drop came from our Wilyabrup vineyard, which has been certified organic since 2017.
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