Maison Williams Chase Rose is now (as of Autumn 2017) bottled as an Appellation Cotes de Provence Protegee and not Luberon as before. Chase, in order to keep up with the demand of this fantastic rose wine, are now using fruit from the Cotes de Provence wine-growing region and, going forward, the wine will be bottled as such. Stylistically the wine (and the blend) remains the same. Watch this space for more information in due course!
Maison Williams Chase Rose 2016 is a blend of Grenache (30%), Syrah (30%), Cinsault (20%), Vermentino (20%). It is the second vintage to have included some Vermentino included in the blend, as its close relatives in the Cotes de Provence do. 2016 is only the fourth vintage release of this wine.
Maison Williams Chase Rose is a blend of Rhone grape varieties (Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault) from old vines with an average age of 50 years but the blend also has some of the white grape variety Vermentino added to the blend. The grapes are harvested in the early hours of the morning to preserve the freshness in the wine and the grape varieties are vinified separately which allows more control over the final blend. After the grapes are destemmed only the free-run juice from each cuvée is used which ensures minimal skin contact which is what gives the wine its delicate pink colour. The wine undergoes a temperature controlled fermentation below 17˚C. The grenache component is aged on the lees with regulary lees stirring which brings a creaminess to the wine and the syrah is racked off the lees to maintain freshness which will help to produce good length in the blend. The Rosé is bottled in the January following harvest and aged for seven weeks in bottle prior to release at the end of February.
Williams Chase Rosé is presented in a very smart, elegant bottle that matches the the Willams Chase Vodka and Gin bottles. One item of note is the closure – the wine is sealed with a Vinolok closure. Why not re-use the bottle for making sloe or damson gin or for making salad dressing?
Read more here and here for a bit more information.
Sometimes available in 1.5L magnums – please check here.