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Mission 2017 Estate Rosé and ‘VS’ Sauvignon Blanc

07 September,2017
I’ve had the opportunity of reviewing many wines from the challenging 2017 vintage already. I have found most of the wines to be of good quality, maybe a little lighter and without the usual ripeness. The main problem I sense is that winemakers are trying hard to get good flavour, and the balance of the phenolics can be out of kilter. I’ve also noticed that producers who own their own vineyards have had the ability to control canopy management and crop loading, as well as preventing disease pressure resulting in better wines. My recent review of the Mission ‘Estate’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is an example of this (click here to see my review). My task of reviewing 2017 vintage wines continues, and here I assess the Mission 2017 ‘Estate’ Rosé, made from contract fruit where Mission has a hand in the viticulture, and the ‘Vineyard Selection’ Sauvignon Blanc, from the company’s ‘Blind River’ vineyard in Marlborough.


Mission Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Bright cerise-pink colour with some peach hues at the heart, and light purple tints on edge. The nose is fresh with full, up-front, bright and vibrant aromas of cherries, with raspberries and cream, along with fragrant red florals and hints of confectionary. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fresh and youthful flavours of bitter cherries with raspberry notes and subtle herb nuances, unfolding red florals and hints of confectionary. The flavours form a good core. The mouthfeel possesses lacy acidity and the wine flows along a light, dry, phenolic, textured line, leading to a dry finish of raspberries, herbs and florals. This is a fresh, aromatic, dry rosé with flavours of raspberries and bitter cherries, subtle herb and confectionary notes on a soft-textured palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and antipasto over the next 18 months to 2 years. A blend of 40% Merlot, 29% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 11% Cabernet Franc, a portion of the fruit given overnight skin contact, the rest crushed directly to press, and fermented to 13.3% alc. and 6.0 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $16.00

Mission ‘Vineyard Selection’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Brilliant, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim.  The nose is very taut and concentrated with detailed aromas of cut grass, green capsicums, fresh and dark herbs, intermingling with white florals and nettles.  This is classical Awatere Valley in expression.  Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated with tightly bound flavour of cut grass, nettles, green capsicums and fresh herbs.  The fruit is gently sweet and is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, and the wine flows along a soft, dry-textured line providing good balance.  This has linearity and carries to a long, lingering finish of nettles and herbs.  This is a finely concentrated, classical Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc with cut grass, nettle and herb flavours on a fresh, softly-textured palate.  Serve with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years.  Fruit from the company’s ’Blind River’ Awatere vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.1% alc. and 6 g/L RS.  17.5/20  Sep 2017  RRP $20.00
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