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Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

10 November,2017

Coal Pit Wines is the self-contained boutique winegrowing operation of Rose Dunphy, who in 2001 purchased an established vineyard planted in 1994 on a historical coal pit site in the Gibbston Valley region of Central Otago. She has revitalised the vineyard which has 5.5 ha of Pinot Noir and 2.0 ha of Sauvignon Blanc on the 12 ha site. She commissioned a 30 tonne winery built on site for the 2007 vintage. Very high quality Pinot Noir, Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc are produced by winemaker Lynn Horton. Lynn’s husband Gary Crabbe looks after the viticulture. Here, I review the 2017 Rosé, from a challenging growing season with cool weather in the early stages. Warm autumn weather meant no disease or frost pressures, and the fruit was able to be hung out for "ideal sugar levels and phenolic ripeness”. www.coalpitwine

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Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

18/20

Bright, very pale candy-floss pink with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and fragrant with elegant aromas of strawberries and cream, red florals and notes of confectionary. The aromatics are softly concentrated and have good density and proportion. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rich and well-concentrated core of strawberries and cream, red florals and lifted confectionary nuances. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with fresh acidity and a fine phenolic line providing thirst-quenching textures. The wine carries with good energy, leading to a light, lingering finish of florals and confectionary. This is a bright, lively, fragrant dry rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream, florals and confectionary on a mouthwatering, fine-textured palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and Asian cuisine over the next 2 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit given up to 5 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.3 g/L RS, the wine given extended lees contact. 18.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $26.95

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