Jo Ahearne MW tastes Mirabeau Rosé 2013


2013 was the second extremely challenging year in a row, with heavy rains during flowering season meaning pollination and fertilisation was severely impeded, causing many flowers not to be fertilised.

This leads to what is known as poor ‘fruit set’ (coulure) whereby irregular bunches of grapes are formed and which are more sensitive to developing various grape diseases (many producers had big problems with mildew this year, some losing up to 80% of their fruit) but also the yields of the vines decrease, often substantially.

So having lived through heavy Spring rains and the ever-present threat of hailstorms, we had a lovely warm summer and even though the harvest was a few weeks later than usual, the quality was excellent and we’re super happy with the wine this year.

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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