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Mission 2017 ‘Estate’ Gewurztraminer and ‘VS’ Rosé

28 September,2018

Mission Estate has grown significantly, especially with the acquisition of Ngatarawa Wines last year. One of the challenges I see going forward is to maintain the separation of the brands in terms of style, and I understand this is happening. The Mission Estate wines remain more ‘contemporary’ in style, whereas the Ngatarawa wine will be more ‘traditional’. Essentially, the definition of each brand must become a little clearer, and this will not only give a much greater range of styles for retail channels, but also for consumer loyalty. Here, I review the new Mission 2017 ‘Estate’ Gewurztraminer, and ‘Vineyard Selection’ Rosé, both coming from Hawke’s Bay.


Mission Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2017

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little paler on the edge. The nose is full and softly voluminous with well-packed and deep aromas of exotic tropical fruit melded with rose-petal florals and Turkish Delight, revealing a little honey and musk, with creaming soda and root ginger. Medium in sweetness and medium-full bodied, the palate has gently rich flavours of tropical fruit and exotic florals with Turkish Delight along with notes of honey and musk. The flavours are mouthfilling and flow along a light phenolic-textured line with integrated acidity. This leads to a soft finish of root ginger and creaming soda. This is a gently mouthfilling, exotic medium Gewurztraminer with tropical fruit, rose-petal florals, Turkish Delight and musk on a fine-textured line. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3 years. Hawke’s Bay fruit with some botrytis, approx. 20-30% with shrivel, fermented in tank to 13.7% alc. and 10 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Sep 2018 RRP $15.00

Mission ‘Vineyard Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay


Bright, pale cerise-pink with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with delicate aromas of cherry fruit with hints of strawberries, along with softly fragrant red floral notes and some mineral elements. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, this has delicate flavours of cherries and strawberries with subtle notes of red florals and mineral suggestions. The mouthfeel is gently refreshing and smooth-flowing, with lacy acidity in the background lending some energy and tension. The wine carries to a light finish. This is a light-flavoured dryish rosé with cherry, strawberry and floral notes on a smooth palate. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 months. A blend of 93% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc from the Gimblett Gravels, crushed to press and fermented in stainless-steel to 12.2% alc. and 7 g/L RS. 16.5/20 Sep 2018 RRP $17.00

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