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Red Deer Marlborough Rosé 2018

10 December,2018

Chicago businessman Stan Simpson established Waitaria Bay Estate in the Marlborough Sounds in 2004. The property has a 5 ha vineyard which produces wines under the ‘Red Deer’ label, named after a herd of red deer living on the estate. This is, as far as I am aware, the only commercial winegrowing operation in the Sounds. The vineyard has its challenges but the fruit is deemed by industry insiders to be very good. The varieties planted are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the latter top-grafted over Viognier. Bart Arnst is the consultant viticulturist and the vineyard, tended by farm manager Willoughby Roodt, was certified BioGro organic in March 2014. The wines are made at the Sugar Loaf Wines facility, with client winemaker Ali Beque crafting this 2018 Rosé.


Red Deer Marlborough Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, pale salmon-pink colour with slight peach hues and some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh with a firm core of mouthwatering aromas of quince fruit with subtle savoury notes, along with watermelon and hints of minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a gently rich luscious core with flavours of strawberries, watermelon and savoury quince. Lacy acidity bestows the palate with freshness and liveliness, and the flavours flow along a slippery line with light and fine phenolic textures. The wine carries to a thirst-quenching, dry finish. This is a gently sweet-fruited, dry rosé with strawberry, quince and watermelon flavours with fresh acidity and a slippery palate. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir fruit direct to press and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 4 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Dec 2018 RRP $20.00

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