03.07.13

Green Yali's Merlot Rosé 2012

Press Release

 

Green Yali's Merlot Rosé 2012

Yali Wetland Merlot Rosé 2012 - Majestic RRP £7.49
Buy 2 save 20%, RRP, £5.99, Until 2nd September

The new 2012 vintage of leading Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero's environmentally friendly Yali Wetland Merlot Rosé is perfectly suited to *summer sipping or *bringing a rosé glow to gloomy grey days (*delete as applicable!)

Weighing in at just 11.5%, this is one of the lightest rosés from Chile.  The grapes are from Viña Ventisquero's owned vineyards in Peralillo, in the heart of Colchagua Valley.  Winemaker Alejandro Galaz explains, "The soils here give very easy drinking wines, which is what we're looking for with this rosé.  We are able to achieve the low alcohol level by allowing the canopy to grow unmanaged.  The shoots grow and open up over the clusters acting effectively as sun umbrellas.  This allows the grapes to ripen fully, but removes direct exposure to the intense Chilean sunshine which would raise the sugar content and alcohol."

The 100% Merlot grapes were night harvested to protect the flavours and aromas from oxidation and then whole bunch pressed.  Clarification took place in stainless steel using the same process as for a white wine in order to preserve all the aromas.  Fermentation took place at low temperatures of between 13 - 15oC to allow full extraction of the aromatic compounds.

The 2012 vintage was hotter than average, meaning harvest took place earlier in the season than usual.  This resulted in an attractive intensity to the fruit expression and lingering citrus acidity in the wine.

The Yali Wetland Merlot Rosé 2012 has an intense nose of raspberries, strawberries and cherries intermingled with delicate floral notes.  The soft, well-balanced red fruit palate makes it a great partner to summer salads and simple white meat or fish dishes.

Did You Know?

  • For every bottle of Yali sold in the UK, a donation is given to leading conservation charity the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (wwt.org.uk).  The same scheme is running with Operation Migration in the US and Canada, BirdWatch Ireland and Vogelbescherming in the Netherlands.
  • Yali wines are now certified Carbon Neutral.
  • Yali comes in special lightweight bottles.

Further information: emma wellings pr / Cordelia