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Abbey Estate ‘Passion’ Rosé 2016 and ‘Prophet’ 2015

13 July,2017
The Haworth family established their Bridge Pa Triangle wine venture Abbey Cellar in 2002 when they planted their 13 ha vineyard to 10 varieties to make estate-grown wine with the Bordeaux varieties as their mainstays. Recently they have been subtly rebranding from Abbey Cellars to Abbey Estate to reflect the fuller nature of their business, taking into account the importance of the vineyard to the finished wines. The wines are growing in elegance whilst retaining their fruitiness and consumer appeal. Here I review the new Abbey Estate ‘Passion’ Rosé 2017 and ‘Prophet’ Cabernet Sauvignon–based blend.


Abbey Estate ‘Passion’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright pale pink colour with slight peach hues, lighter on the rim. This has a very fresh and elegantly presented nose with delightfully delicate, fragrant aromas of strawberries and red florals, along with some confectionary notes and lifted fresh fermentation esters. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is fresh and youthful with bright, mouthwatering acidity and delicate aromatic flavours of strawberries, red florals and confectionary, along with fresh fermentation esters. The palate is crisp with zesty acidity and the wine flows along a very fine, thirst-quenching, subtly textured line, leading to a light, fragrant finish. This is a delightfully fresh and delicate dry rosé with fragrant strawberry, floral and lifted confectionary and fermentation notes on a mouthwatering palate. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. A blend of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Malbec, picked for the rosé style, the fruit spending one day on skins and tank-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $20.00

Abbey Estate ‘Prophet’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec/Franc 2015

Blended Red from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Very dark, deep, black-hued red colour. The nose is full with up-front, but concentrated aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries, cassis and black plums, along with dark herbal nuances. The fruit is fresh with good ripeness. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome and rich with bold, sweet flavours of blackcurrants, blackberries and cassis, entwines with spicy black plums and herbs. The mouthfeel is open and broad, fulsome and accessible, and is balanced by grainy tannin extraction and fresh acidity. This flows with vigour to a positive, lingering finish of black fruits and herbs. This is a fulsome, robust and up-front, black-fruited Cabernet blend with sweet and juicy fruit and grainy, but accessible tannins. Match with barbecued and grilled, herb-marinated lamb and beef dishes over the next 6-7+ years. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% each of Malbec and Cabernet Franc, fermented to 14.0% alc., parcels of the wine aged 2-3 years in 10% new oak. 18.0-/20 Jul 2017 RRP $25.00
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