Along the length of our North and South Islands, the cool clear waters of the Pacific Ocean carve deep natural coves into the landscape. Intriguing for its unrivalled tranquility, this spectacular eastern coastline of New Zealand is also renowned for its exceptional wines. In these beautiful, but harsh, conditions our vines struggle for survival, producing low yields of high quality fruit with concentrated flavours.
The 2019 growing season in Marlborough was a hot and dry one. We received small amounts of rain towards the end of December, but then nothing further until late February. These rain events had very little impact on soil moisture levels, but helped to replenish our rivers, setting us up nicely to see us through to harvest. Vintage started in mid-March and it provided us with incredibly stable weather. This meant we could pick blocks at their optimum ripeness, and resulted in a Rosé that was full of fruit flavours with vibrancy, purity and structure.
The parcels of fruit that created this Rosé were individually harvested at optimal ripeness. The fruit was destemmed, briefly soaked, and then gently pressed. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours then racked prior to a long cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks to capture bright, fresh fruit characters. Each parcel was fermented separately with a range of yeasts to build complexity and structure. Following fermentation the wine was blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling
Winemaker Tasting Notes
This pretty Rosé has an enticing bouquet of peach, nectarine and floral characters. The palate shows notes of pear and ripe red berries, with a crisp and refreshing mineral finish. Enjoy with goat’s cheese, light summer salads, or your favourite shellfish.
Harvest Date: 16th March – 6th April 2019
Alcohol: 13.0% Residual Sugar: 3.7g/l
Total Acidity: 5.7 pH: 3.37