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Huntress 2018 ‘Waikura’ Rosé and 2017 Pinot Noir

21 November,2018

Huntress is the own label of Jannine Rickards, winemaker of considerable experience, and an avid outdoors person who loves to forage and hunt for food. Jannine has a strong track record for her work ethic, initially starting at Sileni Estates, then Te Kairanga, with Ata Rangi for 7 vintages and 3 vintages at Pegasus Bay, and then back to the Wairarapa for a stint at Julicher, and now she is at Urlar. In between, she has managed to fit in work in California, Burgundy and Australia. Clearly Jannine is a person of high energy! The 2018 ‘Waikura’ Pinot Noir Rosé, Waikura referring to the red glow in the sky, in Te Reo Maori, and the 2017 Martinborough Pinot Noir are her inaugural releases. I review the wines here. The wines have flavour profiles and the textures that match the wild food that Jannine loves. For availability, contact Jannine on Email: janninerickards@gmail.com


Huntress ‘Waikura’ Gladstone Wairarapa Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Moderately deep, light red colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is firmly concentrated with deep and solidly packed aromas of red cherry fruit along with a layering of fresh, savoury and dark herbs lending mouthwatering notes. Very dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is vibrant and edgy with a piquant core of bitter cherry fruit entwined with an array of herbs. The mouthfeel is lively, refreshing and thirst-quenching with some phenolic textures. The mouthfeel features plenty of grip and presence, and the wine carries to a long, textural finish of bitter cherries and herbs. This is a vibrant and edgy dry rosé that borders on being a light red, with cherry and herbal flavours on a weighty and solid palate with thirst-quenching grip. This is a wine that requires food. Match with tapas and Mediterranean fare, as well as wild duck and pork over the next 2-3 years. Organically grown Pinot Noir fruit from a Gladstone vineyard, predominantly clone 5 with 667 and Abel, 70% of the fruit, hand-picked undergoing whole cluster carbonic maceration in sealed vats, the ferments going for 10-14 days on skins, with 30% saigneed Pinot Noir, fermented to 12.5% alc. and 0.38 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months in seasoned French oak barriques. 17.0-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $27.00

Huntress Martinborough Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Light, garnet-hued red colour with some depth, paler on the edge. The nose is elegantly presented with finely concentrated and penetrating aromas of soft cherry and dark-red berry fruits along with an amalgam of fresh and dark herbs, red floral elements, some nutty oak and complexing earthy suggestions. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with moderately intense and concentrated flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with a subtle layer of dark herbs, nutty oak and earth, unfolding red florals. The palate unfolds savoury detail and interest. The fruit is supported by grainy tannin extraction and structure with an underlying line of fresh acidity providing freshness and energy. The wine carries to a long finish. This is an elegantly proportioned Pinot Noir with moderately concentrated flavours of cherry and berry fruit with herbs, nutty oak and earthy complexities on a grainy-textured palate. Serve with lamb and beef dishes over the next 6+ years. A co-fermentation of clone 5, 828 and Abel fruit from the Crosby’s ‘On Giants Shoulders’ vineyard on the Martinborough terrace, with 20% whole bunches to 13.1% alc., the wine spending 27 days on skins and aged n seasoned French oak with MLF in tank, the wine bottled in October 2018 after 18 months maturation. 1.111 bottles made. 17.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $49.00

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