The Coates range is made without compromise; first class vineyard sites made with careful winemaking and use of premium quality oak. Making wines with this level of attention to detail does, however, come at a cost. We have been asked by customers and the wine trade if we could make a less expensive, everyday drinking wine and we have worked on ways of keeping costs down.
La Petite Rouge 2015 is the first release of our new Syrah (Shiraz) based affordable wine. We have started with good vineyard sites, but kept down costs by not using new oak, utilizing less expensive glass for our bottles and maintaining a 12 month barrel maturation regime. The base wine uses Langhorne Creek Syrah (2/3) and Adelaide Hills pressings (1/3)
Fermentation using natural yeast proceeded over a three week period in open fermenters. Pressing was conducted using a small ½ tonne Mori basket press that gives a great flavour and soft tannin profile. Maturation in used French barriques provides a hint of savoury oak character whilst allowing the fruit characters to be expressed unhindered. A single racking and regular topping are the only time the wine is disturbed post malo with 12 months spent in wood. Bottling date is determined when the tannin and oak balance feel right, with a further 3 months spent in bottle prior to release. The traditional approach used to make La Petite Rouge precludes the use of the additives and fining agents such as tannins, enzymes, egg, fish or milk products. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in February of 2016.
Deep crimson in colour, the plum and raspberry aromas are supported by liquorice, black pepper and fresh herb notes. The palate offers vibrant black fruits along with spice, undergrowth and subtle oak. Drink now to 2025, 300 cases made.
Alcohol – 14.0% by volume Residual sugar – 1.6 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.16g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.66 g/L
pH – 3.59 Sulphur Dioxide – 90 mg/L Total; 29 mg/L Free