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Church Road ‘Gwen’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

The newest Church Road wine release is the ‘Gwen’ Rosé 2018, a tribute to the legendary winemaker Tom McDonald’s wife Florence Gwendoline Brown, who was affectionately known to her family and friends as ‘Gwen’. Tom and Gwen were married in 1931, the time that Tom was growing the Church Road winery. It goes without saying that if not for Gwen’s support, Tom may not have been as successful as he became. The couple were married for 50 years. The bottle depicts a profile of Gwen and has an excerpt from a poem that Tom wrote paralleling good wine and his beloved wife. Here is my review of the wine.

Church Road ‘Gwen’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018
Very pale salmon-pink with some depth and slight peach hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is very delicate and subtle with ethereal aromas of strawberry fruit with gentle red florals, a little quince and suggestions of thirst-quenching herbs and minerals. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the flavours are delicate but positively expressed with a fine, subtle core of strawberries and quince fruit entwined with red floral nuances and thirst-quenching herb elements. The mouthfeel is smooth and seamless in flow, the wine carried along a fine-textured line with some acid freshness and good drive, leading to a dry, soft, mouthwatering finish. This is a delicate strawberry and quince flavoured dry rosé with thirst-quenching herb notes on a smooth-textured palate with good freshness in the Provence style. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and antipasto over the next 2 years. A blend of 92% Merlot, 7% Tempranillo and 1% Malbec, the fruit from 41% Bridge Pa, 35% Bayview and 24% Woodthorpe Terraces, the fruit going direct to press and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 1.45 g/L RS, the wine aged approx. 4.5 months on lees. 18.0+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $26.59
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