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Montana ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017


20-Sep-2017
In June this year, Pernod-Ricard released the Montana ‘Reserve range of wines as a tribute to the Montana brand established by Dalmatian immigrant Ivan Yukich in Auckland in the 1940s. The company grew to become the largest winegrower in New Zealand, and was notable for planting the first commercial vines in Marlborough in the early 1970s. Montana changed its name to Brancott Estate to avoid conflicts in exports, especially to the United States.

The brand has been designed to showcase the major varieties and styles from the different growing regions of the country. The first release was in June this year with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 and Gisborne Chardonnay 2016, which were all very good varietal expressions. This was followed by the release of a Waipara Pinot Noir 2016 released in June. Now comes a Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017. I review the wine here. www.montanawines.co.nz

Montana ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017
Pale salmon pink with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh with light, but positive aromas strawberries, quince and savoury stonefruits, along with red florals. The aromas build more depth with aeration. Dry to taste, the palate has a good core of savoury strawberries, quince, stonefruits and florals. The palate is subtly sweet and rich, balanced by gently mouthwatering acidity. This has good freshness. The wine flows along a very fine-textured line, leading to a light, lingering finish of strawberries and quince. This is a refreshing dry rosé with sweet strawberry and quince flavours along with red florals, on a gentle, thirst-quenching palate with fresh acidity. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes, dim sum and tapas over the next 2 years. A blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Pinot Gris, 9% Syrah, the remainder a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Tempranillo, all from Hawke’s Bay, cool-fermented to 13.0% and 9.2 g/L RS. 17.0-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $16.99
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