Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
Our Pinot Rosé displays a lovely red rose petal, whilst the aroma talks of ripe raspberry and strawberry notes. On the palate the wine leads with dry textural red cherry, developing into a richly textured mid-palate; brambly raspberry notes drive the finish of the wine.
Mt Difficulty Pinot Rosé will improve for 2 - 4 years given optimal cellaring conditions.
One for the record books, and a vintage of two halves. There was exceptional warmth from September through to late January, before cooling off through February and Autumn. With the warm start we got underway early; this warm settled weather continued through flowering and fruit set. The potential crop was well set, yet small as a result of the cool December in 2016. The vineyards really started to dry out through December and January, with irrigation struggling. With the arrival of February, temperatures plummeted to below average and rainfall was well above average. These cool and wetter-than-average conditions persisted right through harvest. Disease pressure remained low, even with the elevated rainfall, through the finish of the season. The cool, late Summer / Autumn period enabled berry ripening through a cooler period providing ripe fresh characters.
Our aim is to craft a delectable, savoury, dry Rosé. The fruit for our Rosé was harvested on the 21st and 23rd March. The fruit was de-stemmed to tank where it received seven days of skin contact; the must was warmed prior to pressing to help kick off ferment, then cooled and pressed with some solids, straight into old Pinot Noir barrels for fermentation. The wine was fermented to dry by indigenous yeasts in barrel and sat on full lees for four months. It was stirred weekly to help build texture before racking, filtration and bottling in mid-September.
Alc. 13.5% T/A 6.5 gL-1 pH 3.55 Residual Sugar 1.5 gL-1
Accolades & Awards
Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine
19 November 2018
"Full-flavoured and reasonably deep-tinted rosé with raspberry, fresh herb and cherry flavours. It's a dry, but not austerely dry, wine with a hint of sweetness balanced by tangy acidity. Good food wine."