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Mount Brown 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Rosé

04 October,2017
The Mount Brown label is Catherine Keith and her father Tony Rutherford’s Waipara Valley wine business. They have three established vineyards with the valuable resource of old vine material. Their winemaker Frank Manifold is an experienced operator, and the Mount Brown wines have seen a steady progression up in quality, such that they see top awards in wine shows. Catherine is a strong promoter of the wines which are seen increasingly in all channels and markets. They offer very good value which is an added attraction. Here, I review the new 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Rosé, from a challenging Waipara growing season, made from fruit clean harvested ahead of the rain, but as with most producers, at slightly lower Brix than normal. This has resulted in elegant wines, which particularly suit the making of rosé styles. www.mountbrown.co.nz

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Mount Brown North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

17+/20
Bright pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and fresh with gentle aromas of passionfruit and gooseberries, along with fragrant white florals and herb notes, lifted by youthful fermentation esters. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has a soft core of passionfruit and gooseberries with lifted floral notes and fresh herbs. The mouthfeel is gently refreshing with a light phenolic threaded line and lacy acidity. The wine flows positively to an elegant, lingering finish of passionfruit and herbs. This is a softly presented and gently concentrated, elegant Sauvignon Blanc with fresh passionfruit and gooseberry flavours. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. A single estate wine, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees. 17.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $15.99

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

18-/20
Bright strawberry pink with slight peach hues, lighter on the rim showing purple tints. The nose is elegantly proportioned with good depth of fragrant cherry fruit with subtle notes of strawberries and cranberries, red florals, nuances of confectionary and thirst-quenching minerals. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has an elegant heart of cherries, strawberries and cranberry fruit along with a little red floral lift, hints of herbs and confectionary. The mouthfeel is fresh with light, lacy, mouthwatering acidity and the wine flows with good energy along a fine-textured line, leading to a fragrant finish. This is an elegant, soft fruited and textured dryish rosé with fresh acidity and an aromatic finish. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and antipasto over the next 2 years. A saignee wine, Pinot Noir fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 7 g/L RS. 18.0-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $15.99
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