This wine reflects a single vineyard Pinot Noir which was grown inland on the elevated terraces of the Crownthorpe sub-region of Hawke’s Bay. This sub region of Hawke’s Bay enjoys long, strong sunlight hours but is slightly cooler than the coastal plains of Hawke’s Bay, making it most suitable for grape-growing. This vineyard is 100% sustainably certified and uses best practices for all export countries. The resulting wine tends to give lovely chalkiness and texture on the palate. The free draining red gravel with a thin top layer of silt loam and patches of limestone on the banks of the Ngaruroro River probably deserve most of the credit for this. However the cooler nights on this inland and elevated terraces (ranging from 600 - 700 feet) also play their part.
Limestone and silt
After harvest in late March the fruit was de-stemmed, crushed and left on skins for less than an hour. This was to ensure only a slightly pale, salmon colour. The juice was then drained with the remaining skins gently pressed. The juice was settled and fermented in stainless steel tanks using an aromatic yeast strain until it was nearly dry, leaving about 4g/L residual sugar. The wine was then cold settled and stabilized before bottling under screw-cap to maintain the bright fruit and aromatics gained from the young New Zealand soils.
The wine has a soft pink salmon hue. Strawberry seeds, stone fruit and powdered doughnuts dominate the nose with hints of raspberry, orange peel, roses and summer florals. The mid-palate adds a bit of spice and brambly fruit with chalky, citrus notes. The finish is bright and crisp making this rosé an excellent for a range of food pairings.