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A Merlot Rosé from two inland Hawkes Bay vineyards, both selected for their ability to produce full, elegant flavours.
Individual vineyard parcels were pressed immediately resulting in juice with little colour or tannin pick up. After settling, fermentation was conducted at cool temperatures as per a white wine in an effort to retain the vibrant red fruit flavours. The fermentation was stopped when almost dry, leaving a small quantity of residual sugar to balance the crisp natural acidity. Filtered soon after fermentation and then bottled.
Widely regarded as a premium Rosé, having won many awards over the years since its first vintage in 1991. Excellent with most foods or as an apéritif. Aromas of strawberries and red fruits predominate while a hint of spice adds complexity. The wine is full flavoured, elegant and delicious, reflecting the excellent harvest.
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TROPHY (Champion Rose) - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
GOLD MEDAL - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
GOLD MEDAL - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017
SILVER MEDAL - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016