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Main Divide 2018 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc

09 August,2018

The Donaldson family first made a commercial rosé in 2004, and it was labelled in the Main Divide range, rather than Pegasus Bay. Now comes the second release of a rosé with the 2018 vintage – it has been a long time between rosé drinks! The rise in popularity of the rosé category has been consumer driven, but also by the positive response of the winegrowers who have put more attention into making quality examples. This is a win-win situation. The Donaldsons found that there has been a growing demand for a rosé wine in their portfolio, hence this new release. I review the wine, along with the other classical wine for drinking as winter ends and the warmer months approach, a 2018 Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc. www.maindivide.com

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Main Divide North Canterbury Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17.5/20

Bright, very pale peach-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and elegant in expression with aromas of strawberries and red florals, with a suggestion of fresh herbs, along with a very subtle amalgam of confectionary and minerals. This is clean and thirst-quenching. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is taut and mouthwatering with crisp, zesty acidity and delicate flavours of strawberries, pale red florals and minerals. The fruit forms a fine-textured line and flows with good vitality to a crisp, refreshing, delicately nuanced finish. This is a refreshing and thirst-quenching dry rosé with delicate strawberry, floral and mineral flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés, and antipasto over the next 2 years. North Canterbury fruit, a blend of 70% Pinot Noir, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, free run juice given a small duration of skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 4 g/L RS. 17.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $20.99

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17.5+/20

Brilliant, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the edge. The nose is firm with a finely concentrated heart with an amalgam of gooseberries, passionfruit, green stonefruits and fresh herbs, unfolding white florals and a little nutty lees detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a bright, vibrant and lively core of gooseberries harmoniously melded with passionfruit, greengages and nectarines, unfolding nutty nuances. The fruit is enlivened by fresh acidity and the wine has good drive and linearity, flowing along a smooth-textured line leading to a lingering finish. This is a fresh and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of gooseberries, passionfruit and green stonefruit on a lively palate with linearity. Match with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. North Canterbury fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc., the wine aged for a short time on lees. 17.5+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $20.99

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