ROSÉ HAWKES BAY
The Rosé comes from purpose grown Merlot vines.
Hand picked Merlot was pressed as whole bunches to minimize tannin and excessive colour.
Cold settling was followed by decanting juice off solids.
Fermentation was completed in small tank to capture the vibrant fruit expression.
The wine was then racked off fermentation solids and heavy lees then returned to light lees to impart some additional palate texture. Regular lees stirring was adopted until early spring. Minimal fining.
Bottled under screwcap.
Alc 13.0% Vol
7.6 standard drinks
Medium strawberry hue.
Berry fruit, cherry with a hint of brioche.
Fleshy front palate, the elegant mid palate is followed by a bright finish.