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Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

16 August,2018

The ‘Claim 431’ vineyard of Accolade Wines in Bendigo, Central Otago, has a proven track record of yielding outstanding, serious and sophisticated Pinot Noir that is capable of winning gold medals. The Bendigo district tends to give firmly structured, black-fruited wines that benefit with bottle-age. In 2016, the Accolade winemakers made the ‘Madam Sass’ Pinot Noir with approachability and accessibility in mind, and this they did well, that year, and the following year in 2017. The wine has found a place in the market appealing to Central Otago Pinot Noir drinkers who appreciate drinkability. The name ‘Madam Sass’ is a tribute to the hardy and characterful women who were integral with the Central Otago gold rush era. It was a logical extension to introduce a rosé wine next into the range. I review the first Madam Sass Rosé here. The winemaker is Cleighten Cornelius.


Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Very pale strawberry-pink colour with a light purple tint, light on the rim. The nose is very tightly bound with positive and bright aromas of strawberries and lifted red florals along with a subtle amalgam of herbs, confectionary and minerals. This is beautifully detailed and thirst-quenching. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has aromatic flavours of strawberries, cherries and lifted red florals, with a suggestion of confectionary. The mouthfeel is thirst-quenching with crisp acidity and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line, leading to a delicate, fragrant finish. This is a beautifully delicate, but subtly rich, and vibrant dry rosé with strawberry and floral flavours on a mouthwatering palate with a very fine-textured line. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and tapas over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Claim 431’ vineyard given a short period of skin contact and fermented to 12.5% alc. and 5.1 g/L RS. 18.5-/20 Aug 2018 RRP $24.99

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