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Alexander ‘Raumati’ Martinborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

06 September,2017
The ‘Alexander’ Martinborough wine brand of Michael Finucane and Roz Walker has yielded some excellent Pinot Noir wines from fruit from the 5 ha Hinakura Road vineyard over the past 15 years. There is a small amount of Merlot planted too, and the 2016 Alexander Merlot went gold at the recent Bragato Wine Awards (I rated it 5-stars, click here for my review). This should not divert attention to the other wines made my Michael and Roz, including their ‘Raumati’ Rosé. ‘Raumati’ means ‘summer’ in Maori, and the wine will come into its own over the coming warmer period. Here, I review the new 2017 Alexander ‘Raumati’ Rosé made from Pinot Noir. For availability, contact Michael Finucane on Tel: 06 306-8171 or Email:


Alexander ‘Raumati’ Martinborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Bright, light strawberry pink colour with slight peach hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and delicate with subtle aromas of strawberries, quince and cranberries entwined with red floral elements, revealing subtle mothering mineral notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a soft heart of strawberries, quince and cranberry fruit along with hints of peach, red florals and minerals. The palate is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity providing a gentle mouthwatering mouthfeel, and the wine floes a fine, soft-textured line leading to a clean, crisp, dry finish of florals. This is a gentle and softly refreshing dry rosé with delicate flavours of strawberries, quince and cranberries. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. Clone 5 Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Home’ vineyard, hand-picked, pressed and cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 1.4 g/L RS. 1,150 bottles made. 17.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $26.00.
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