Following in the footsteps of our European counterparts, New Zealand has seen a resurgence in the popularity of the Rosé style of wine. Some would say it is due to the simplicity of the wine style, and the sense of fun associated. This elegant salmon pink Rosé immediately presents luscious strawberries and cream on the nose. Those bright berries, meet with white peach stone fruit on the palate with a dry, medium-dry finish.
Vintage 2021 was a normal growing season compared to last year’s uncertainty, except for harvest commencing early and finishing right before the Easter long weekend. The team expected a lower producing year due to a combination of frosts and cool weather during flowering that has caused “hens and chicks” across most grape varieties. As a result of lower crops, we anticipate 2021 wines to have more flavour concentration and be more textured on the palate. Careful planning and meticulous attention in the vineyard kept our grapes growing to their full potential. Overall, great sunshine hours, low disease pressure, light crops, and ripe fruit, all come together to produce some outstanding fruit and in turn some great wines.
The fruit was picked early March and a percentage was macerated on skins for 4 hours before pressing off. Another proportion was drained off tanks to help with concentration. The wine was fermented very cool (10⁰-13⁰C) to preserve the fruit characters and the bright lively colour. After only a short time on lees (2 weeks) it was racked and sulphured, before being filtered and prepared for bottling.