2020 Whitehaven 'The Daughters' Pinot Noir Rosé Méthode Traditionnelle
Late Whitehaven co-founder Greg white was immensely proud of his three daughters. A legacy which Sue White has continued at the helm of Whitehaven.
‘The Daughters’ Pinot Noir Rosé Méthode Traditionnelle celebrates the special connection that Greg shared with his daughters, and the importance Sue continues to have in their lives.
Using traditional sparkling winemaking techniques, combined with Marlborough’s cool climate and plentiful sunshine, this is Whitehaven’s second Marlborough Méthode, the first being a Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Cuvée named ‘Samantha’.
Colour / Appearance: Classic pale salmon colour with a fine bead.
Aroma / Bouquet: Bright notes of strawberries, raspberries and florals with an appealing yeast derived brioche and creamy character.
Palate: This Méthode Traditionnelle is a fine and elegant dry style of wine with freshness, gentle creaminess and impeccable balance. The aromas are reflected in the flavour profile and carry on to a long, precise, cleansing finish.
Cellaring: 3-5 years upon release. Over time we expect it will develop more toasty and savoury notes, and roundness on the palate.
Food Match: Try lightly grilled tuna or gentle oak smoked salmon.
Bottling date: 10/02/2020
Tirage date: 12/02/2021
Disgorgement date: 09/06/2023
Release date: September September 2022
Residual Sugar: 3.9 g/L
Titratable Acidity: 6.4 g/L
Winemaking and Vineyards:
This is our second release of ‘The Daughters’ Méthode Traditionnelle rosé. The wine is named in recognition of Greg White’s admiration and love for his three daughters.
The wine was produced from Pinot Noir fruit from our Little Alfred vineyard in Marlborough’s Omaka Valley. A select parcel of fruit was handpicked at low Brix (19.6) to capture delicate flavours with bright acidity, and then gently whole bunch pressed to extract clean, pure juice for fermentation into base wine with a neutral yeast strain. Once primary fermentation was complete, the wine rested on lees (yeast sediment) for 6 months before it underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and microbially stabilise the wine. The wine was then bottled with a small addition of sugar and yeast (tirage) and underwent a second fermentation in bottle which produced additional alcohol and trapped carbon dioxide in the bottle (giving the bubbly effect upon opening in the finished wine). The wine was then aged on lees in bottle for 28 months, developing complexing, savoury and toasty notes. The final stages of the process was to move the sediment to the neck of the bottle (riddling) before expelling the lees from the bottle in a frozen plug (disgorging), re-topping the bottle with a small volume of sweetened wine (dosage), and finally corking the bottle.
Harvest date: 06/03/2019
Tirage date: December 11/12/2019
Disgorgement date: 17/03/ 2022
Release date: September 2022
- This stylish and very lively bubbly was hand-harvested in the Omaka Valley and disgorged after more than two years on its yeast lees. Pale pink, it is full-bodied, with vigorous strawberry and spice flavours, a hint of oranges, yeasty notes adding complexity and a finely balanced, crisp, basically dry finish. Michael Cooper, Listener Magazine NZ, Dec 2022, Five Stars.
- Pretty pale salmon pink in colour, creamy mousse on pouring, persistent tiny bead. Hints of summer with pink & red berries, then nutty, leesy, creamy aromas on the nose. A crisp acidity initially on the palate then juicy flavours of summer berries, a subtle hint of spice, creamy mouthfeel on the tongue, then a long, concentrated & absolutely delicious off-dry finish. Excellent. Latest release of this Pinot Noir M/T only 1,150 bottles produced. John Bartlett, NZ
- A pretty pale salmon pink, this is a lively, fine-bodied rosé made from old-vine Abel clone Pinot Noir from the Omaka Valley. Lovely strawberry and toasty aromas plus clever use of phenolics and acidity on the palate gives good structure to the juicy fruit. Nice vitality and charm. Named for the Whitehaven founders’ three daughters. Emma Jenkins, Decanter, 91/100 Pts.