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Haha Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

19 July,2018

As a virtual winery, the Haha Wine Company can manage its stocks very effectively once a pattern of sales has developed, making the predicted amount required for the market, rather than be compelled to make what a vineyard owning operation harvests. However it is a gamble or a guess with the introduction of a new variety or style. Haha released their first rosé wine in August last year, and they must have judged potential sales very accurately, as just 11 months down the track, they are releasing the follow-up 2018 vintage. I review the new wine here.


Haha Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright pale strawberry pink colour with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. Yje nose is very fresh, bright and full with a firm core of strawberries and cream entwined with red floral notes and some lifted fresh fermentation esters and confectionary elements. This is youthfully mouthwatering. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated core with sweet flavours of strawberries and cream melded with floral and confectionary elements, and some fresh fermentation esters. The mouthfeel is juicy and lush, and is balanced by racy, thirst-quenching acidity. The wine flows along a very fine-textured line, leading to a lingering finish of strawberries and cream, and confectionary, with a little grip. This is a rich and juicy dryish rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream along with confectionary notes on a racy, mouthwatering palate. Match with antipasto and dim sum over the next 2 years. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Malbec, minimally pressed on skins and cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 1.6 g/L RS. 17.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $17.99

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