2018 Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose
Colour / Appearance: Pale salmon with a peach hue and bright clarity.
Palate: A medium bodied wine with a soft texture and fresh acidity that enhances the bright red berry flavours and adds to the long, fresh finish.
Cellaring: Ready to drink now or within 3 years of vintage.
Food Match: This is a dry Rosé suited to pairing with food. Try serving with smoked fish, pâtés, or fresh green salads. Cheese Matches: Mild, hard cheeses such as edam, gouda or gruyere.
Residual Sugar: 3.2
Titratable Acidity: 6.7
Harvest Dates: 14th – 18th March, 2018
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 and Diana Katardzhieva
- 2019 Sydney International Wine Show, Top 100/Blue Gold
- 2019 Royal Easter Show: Gold
- 'Beautifully ripe and fragrant, the fabulously expressed bouquet shows raspberry, watermelon, nectarine and lemon peel aromas. The palate is equally appealing with excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, brilliantly supported by fine texture and bright acidity. Wonderfully harmonious and highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2020' Sam Kim 93/100, 5 stars
- Michael Cooper, 4 /5 stars