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Matawhero ‘Single Vineyard’ Gisborne Pinot Rosé 2018

09 May,2018

The saying is that Gisborne is the first place in the world to see the sun of each day. So it is with the first ‘Feature Review’ of a finished 2018 vintage wine by me. It’s the Matawhero ‘Single Vineyard’ Gisborne Pinot Rosé 2018, from the iconic Gisborne winery that produced its first vintage by Denis Irwin in 1975. Nowadays, the Matawhero name continues its proud heritage under the Searle family who purchase the 15 ha estate in2008. Since then, the vineyard, cellar door and estate have been fully revitalised. The wines are made at the GisVin facility with Kim Crawford as the winemaker. The Searles have continued the innovative work of Denis Irwin with the regional and varietally-expressive ‘Matawhero’ range, the small-parcels ‘Church House’, and the flagship ‘Irwin’ Chardonnay. Here I review the ‘hot off the press’ 2018 Rosé. www.matawhero.co.nz

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Matawhero ‘Single Vineyard’ Gisborne Pinot Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20

Very pale pink colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is softly fresh with delicate aromas of red florals and subtle strawberry fruit notes along with some fresh fermentation esters and confectionary lift, and mouthwatering mineral hints. The aromatics form refined and elegantly concentrated core. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has delicately sweet and rich flavours of strawberries and florals with nuances of fresh fermentation esters and fruit pastilles, and hints of thirst-quenching minerals to balance the fruit sweetness. The flavours show on the front palate and flow smoothly with light, lacy acidity lending tension and energy to a light, lingering, pretty, fragrant finish. This is a delicately flavoured, gently rich medium-dry rosé with florals, strawberries, lifted esters and confectionary notes on a smooth, refreshing palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and Asian fare over the next 2 years. Made with clone 777 fruit from the ‘Tietjen’ vineyard by the saignee method, given some skin contact for colour and cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 9.0 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 May 2018 RRP $23.00

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