2017 Fairbank Ancestrale
The 2017 Ancestrale Rose is a classic rosè from Sutton Grange made in the “methode ancestrale” or “petillant naturel” style. This means the wine finishes the end of the primary fermentation in bottle, capturing the essence of the single vintage and vineyard. It is aged on lees over winter and was lightly disgorged to remove heavy tartrates (although light lees remain). This wine is extremely versatile and enjoyed as an aperitif or at its best with antipasto or light seafood dishes.
“The 2017 Ancestrale, a lovely dusky pink in colour, is a blend of the varieties that have vibrancy of fruit at lower ripeness. This vintage is a blend of viognier, shiraz and merlot, and due to the cool conditions the wine is elegant and poised. Aromatics of peach skins, strawberries and vanillin. The palate is dry and crunchy, with a zingy and refreshing acidity. This wine contains no additives or preservatives.”