Rolling Between Regions
Life for Rouleur began in vintage 2015, processing tiny parcels of fruit and fermenting in 2 different states – generally at the same time.. We ran between vineyards in the Yarra Valley and McLaren Vale, working with wonderful people to make delicious wine in the style we love.
Now, we’re pleased to say that life is a little more settled! Fermenting in sheds and shipping containers is a thing of the past, as we look toward a future in our own winery space and urban tasting room here in the suburbs of Melbourne.
While life at Rouleur feels a little more settled, the growing season of V#18 in the Yarra Valley was unpredictable to say the least. Winter was relatively wet and spring rains preceded humid patches which continued into early summer creating high disease pressure in vineyards. As the summer heat gained momentum, excellent ripening conditions followed and vigilant growers were rewarded with solid crop loads and quality fruit for us to play with.
In contrast to the cooler 2017 vintage, our Yarra Valley (and Mornington Peninsula!) wines are fruit forward but delicious. Chardonnay has performed particularly well from one of our favorite vineyards in Woori Yallock and our Merricks Pinot Noir is opening up beautifully now in bottle.
The McLaren Vale winter was cool and moist, providing vineyards a welcome drink before the growing season began. In spring, we experienced mostly warm, dry conditions and flowering came on later than expected. Average rainfall was down but canopy vigor was up, providing vineyards some respite from the summer heatwave which didn’t really ease until mid March. But despite the conditions, vintage 2018 presented us with some excellent parcels of early picked fruit.
In bottle, our 2018 vintage McLaren Vale wines show vibrant colour, bright acidity and great flavor at modest alcohol levels. Look out for the MCG (Mataro, Cinsault, Grenache) a delicious and layered new blend addition to our range.