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Pond Paddock ‘Zoee’ Martinborough Rosé 2018

26 November,2018

The Pond Paddock brand from Te Muna Road in Martinborough was brought back to the marketplace when Daniele Alemagne purchased the remaining 1.4 ha of vineyard and house that comprised part of the former Barber holdings in August 2013. He has supplemented the established Pinot Noir with 0.8 ha of Chardonnay, in clones 95 and 548. In 2016 Daniele introduced a Sauvignon Blanc and a rosé to his Pond Paddock range, made from Martinborough fruit, but not his Te Muna vines. These have proven popular, and are permanent to the range. Daniele has Simone Amorese, a Martinborough resident winemaker from Italy, who lives in the house and tends the vineyard making his wines. Here, I review the new release 2018 ‘Zoee’ Rosé, named after Daniele’s daughter.


Pond Paddock ‘Zoee’ Te Muna Road Martinborough Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright, light salmon-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is elegant and fresh with fine aromas of strawberries and watermelon with cherry fruit and subtle lifted red florals with nuances of chalky, mouthwatering minerals. This has an attractive delicacy of fragrance that builds with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and luscious flavours of strawberries and cream, with soft notes of ref florals with hints of confectionary, along with chalky mineral nuances. The fruit forms a well-packed core and the wine has good linearity and drive, with light, lacy acidity providing energy. The wine carries to with fruit richness to a lingering finish. This is a gently rich and luscious dry rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream with lifted florals on a finely packed palate with linearity and energy. Serve with dim sum and Asian fare over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Pond Paddock’ vineyard, saigneed, given a short time on skins and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and <3.0 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $24.00

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