Mt. Beautiful Rose - $16.00
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From North Canterbury, south of Marlboro comes this lovely 100% Pinot Noir that was pressed off after just a little skin contact and then fermented in both neutral barrel and tank. It shows floral notes and intense sweet red berry aromas on the nose, while offering a dry palate thatís creamy in texture with good acidity. With hints of fresh-cut watermelon and pink grapefruit, this wine is medium bodied with a clean finish.
2016 was a great year for Pinot Noir and perfect for making our new Rosé wine, a blend of
our eight Pinot Noir vineyard blocks. Thirty percent of this wine was made by the saignée
method (where freshly pressed juice is bled off after making contact with the grape skins for a
short duration), and the other seventy percent was crushed and left to macerate for 24 hours,
pressed and then reserved in stainless steel tanks. Twenty percent of the total blend was then
barrel fermented, bringing more texture and a creamy mouth feel to the wine. Fermentation
lasted 14 days at a closely monitored average temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. We aimed
for a relatively long ferment to allow for clean, complex flavors to be exhibited.