2018 Mansion House Bay Marlborough Pinot Rosé
Colour / Appearance: Blush, with a salmon/pink hue.
Aroma / Bouquet: Lifted raspberry, rhubarb, red apple and watermelon fruit flavours, with a touch of spice.
Palate: Medium-bodied with bright red fruit flavours, a creamy texture followed by a lengthy, soft finish.
Cellaring: This wine is ready to be drunk young and fresh, or within two years of the vintage date with careful cellaring.
Food Match: This is a dry Rosé suited to pairing with food. Try serving with smoked fish, pâtés, mild cheeses or fresh green salads.
Serve: Lightly chilled.
Grape Growing: Budburst was slightly earlier than normal and the weather slightly warmer than average. The early part of the season was notable for no frost events. In November, the weather became dry and the timing of the season returned to the long term average with some cooler days. Hot, dry weather in early December, resulted in a very good fruit set, and a rapid advancement in vine growth. The remainder of December and January were very hot. February was wetter with two ex-tropical cyclones adding some disease pressure. However, in March and April, the region was exposed to perfect late season ripening conditions of warm, sunny days and cool nights, resulting in intense fruit flavours.
Winemaking: The fruit was machine-harvested then crushed and de-stemmed. 2-3 hours of skin contact in the press ensured the suitable amount of colour and flavour extraction. The juice was lightly pressed and cold settled. A cold fermentation with selected yeast ensured a wine with lifted fruit flavours and freshness.
Winemaker: Sam Smail
Residual Sugar: 3.1 g/L
Acidity: 7.1 g/L
- The Marlborough Wine Show 2018, Gold
- 'Bright and fresh, the attractively expressed bouquet shows rockmelon, raspberry, apple and floral aromas, followed by a lively palate that is light and refreshing. It is pristine and tasty with youthful charm, finishing long and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2020.' 91/100 pts, Sam Kim