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Rossendale 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir

17 January,2018

Rossendale is the wine brand of Brent and Shirley Rawstron who operate from Old Tai Tapu Road in Halswell, Christchurch where they have a 6 ha vineyard, administration and function centre. However, most of their wines come from their 35 ha of vineyards in the Rapaura district of Marlborough. Their wines are made at the Spring Creek Vintners facility and are mainly exported, and designed to offer very good value. Here, I review the new 2017 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and the 2016 ‘Reserve’ Canterbury Pinot Noir, this being the first ‘Reserve’ wine I have seen from the Rawstrons.


Rossendale Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is soft and elegant with gently concentrated aromas of passionfruit and tropical fruit and fresh herbs. This has good volume and proportion. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly presented, quite taut and slender, with a core of passionfruit entwined with chalky minerals forming a light, dry-textured palate line. The mouthfeel is enlivened by bright, zesty acidity and the wine carries to a light, grainy-textured finish. This is a taut, dry-textured Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and herb flavours and a zesty mouthfeel. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit tank-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 5 g/L RS. 16.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $14.00

Rossendale ‘Reserve’ Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara


Moderately deep garnet-hued red colour, lighter on the rim with suggestions of bricking. The nose is elegantly presented with firm and moderately concentrated aromas of dark-red berry fruit along with notes of raspberry liqueur entwined with dark herbs, some earthy notes and some spicy, nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has light, easy and accessible flavours of red berry fruit, along with herbal and red floral elements. The fruit is up-front and uncomplicated with some sweetness. The mouthfeel possesses light, supple tannin presence and balanced. Lacy acidity. The flavours of spice emerge and carries to a light finish of red fruits, florals and herbs. This is a light, up-front and uncomplicated Pinot Noir with some fruit sweetness and accessibility, Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Hill’ vineyard, Halswell, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine given oak contact. Vinified at Spring Creek Vintners. 16.0/20 Jan 2018 RRP $20.00

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