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Monday, 08 September 2014 12:59

Storms during harvest!

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Storms during harvest!   09.00h, Monday 8 September 2014, Domaine de Sainte Rose   Hail is every producer’s nightmare and over our 12 years at Sainte Rose we have thankfully never had any serious hail damage.  As I write this post, there is a storm raging right overhead in Servian and there has been what sounded like the rattle of hail.  Fortunately that fateful rattling was very short-lived and certainly not sustained enough to do any serious damage, but it has certainly done nothing to settle the nerves of the Sainte Rose team!  We had been due to harvest Mourvedre…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:18

Vintage 2014 Begins!

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Earliest ever harvest!   Almost 3 weeks earlier than last year, on the 31st of July, we started picking Chardonnay for our Sparkling base wine! This is the earliest we have ever started picking grapes in the south of France and we have been the talk of the town! None of our neighbours could believe that the grapes were ripe at this early stage. As many of you will know, we need to pick the grapes at about 10 or 10.5 degrees of potential alcohol for the sparkling base as it then goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle,…
Monday, 02 June 2014 09:27

2014 Competition Results!

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 2014 Competition Results!   This year we selected two international wine competitions in which to enter a small number of our wines, with quite considerable success!  Much as we value and prefer the feedback of our end consumers rather than that of a professional tasting panel, we are delighted how well our wines have showed against many other high quality wines from around the world!   In the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014 we achieved the following results:- Gold medal – Simpsons of Sainte Rose Low Yield Roussanne 2012  Silver medal – Simpsons of Sainte Rose Old Vine Syrah 2012 …
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