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Desert Heart ‘Magic Moments’ Central Otago Rosé 2015

21 August,2017
Denny Downie and Jane Gill of Desert Heart Wines in Bannockburn have a track record of producing fine Central Otago wine soon after establishing their vines in 2000. They’ve had their ‘ups and downs’, but known as fighters, they have continued making wines that do the region credit. Although their Pinot Noirs ae their flagship wines, the other wines in their portfolio impress. In 2013, their ‘Magic Moments’ Rose 2012 was awarded Champion Rosé at the Easter Show Awards. This has meant that this label is very close to their hearts. Here, I review the limited release ‘Magic Moments’ Rosé 2015, fermented in wood for textural qualities.


Desert Heart ‘Magic Moments’ Central Otago Rosé 2015

Rose from New Zealand – Otago

Light strawberry peach-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is softly full and densely packed with aromas of savoury, cooked strawberries, quince and peach, and an amalgam of red florals with nutty suggestions. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate possesses rich, lush and juicy flavours of savoury strawberries, quince and peach fruit, with lifted red florals and subtle nutty notes. The palate has good weight and presence, and mouthfilling flavours. The wine flows smoothly, with light, background acidity, along with a little unctuousness and roundness, to a gently concentrated finish of strawberries and peaches. This is a mature rich and luscious dry rosé with mouthfilling flavours of savoury strawberries, quince and peaches on a rounded palate with balancing freshness. Serve with antipasto, poultry and pork dishes over the next 18 months. 100% Pinot Noir fruit from Bannockburn, saigneed, the wine spending 24 hours on skins and fermented in seasoned French oak to 13.5% alc. and 2.5 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. Winemaker: Francis Hutt. 17.0/20 Aug 2017 RRP $23.00

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