Meet Rós - My New Wine
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Just landed in Ireland, I am delighted to launch my new rosé wine. Made in Navarra, Spain Rós is artisanal, low-intervention and vegan friendly.
The name was chosen by my son Edward and translates from Gaelic into rose. We felt this was the perfect name for the wine which we planned to be a delicate, natural and graceful expression of our precious Garnacha black grapes.
Rós, is my first personal wine making project and is a collaboration with my long time friend Alicia Eyaralar winemaker and owner of Bodegas Tandem in Navarra, Spain. I approached Alicia and asked her to help me make Rós. We brought different ideas to the wine making and in the end Rós has benefited from our joint experience, intuition, patience and the odd risk.
Our native Garnacha grapes are grown in the Yerri Valley, Navarra. Close to the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Ocean, the valley is characterised by cooling winds. The sustainable farming approach of the two hectare vineyard is artisanal in nature and the low yielding vines, some bush, are tended by hand. The 2018 saw an extended growing season of long slow ripening - we made only one tank of wine.
I love the fact that Alicia works as naturally as possible, so we took a long and nerve wracking journey and fermented with native vineyard yeasts. Working without technology, we relied on gravity movement and natural settling which took time but allowed for the gentle handling we wanted.
Building on the Celtic name and a nod to my Scottish roots, I wanted to create a label with a Charles Rennie Mackintosh / Arts and Crafts vibe. Edward, a student at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, came to the rescue again and designed the roses. The final steps saw these creative threads expertly and empathetically pulled together by the the talented graphic designer Elizabeth Foley.
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