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The Elder Martinborough Rosé 2018

19 October,2018

The Elder Pinot is the Martinborough winegrowing venture of Mike and Margaret Hanson, and Nigel and Bridgit Elder, based on 12.15 ha site on the Ruakokapatuna river terraces overlooking the Te Muna Valley. The vineyard set up by the Hansons is planted to 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Gris. Nigel Elder, a viticulturist with Martinborough Vineyard became familiar with the site and the quality of the fruit that the Hansons and Elders formed a partnership to release their own label with the 2010 vintage. The wines are made by Paul Mason of Martinborough Vineyard. The Elder Pinot wines have become highly regarded in a short space of time. Here, I review the 2018 Rosé, a style first made at The Elder Pinot with the 2016 vintage.


The Elder Martinborough Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright, pale cerise-pink colour with a little depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is very soft and subtle with delicate aromas of strawberries, cherries, notes of herbs and hints of thirst-quenching savoury minerals. The aromatics build with aeration, unfolding red floral nuances. Dry to taste, the palate is softly full with sweet fruit flavours of strawberries and cherries along with red florals. The fruit has richness and a hint of unctuousness to the texture, balanced by soft acidity. The wine flows smoothly along a seamless line, growing in fruitiness and richness, leading to a lush, long finish. This is a sweetly rich-fruited dry rosé with a subtle unctuousness and smooth texture, with soft acidity and smooth flowing flavours of strawberries and cherries. Match with tapas over the next 2 years. A saignee wine with Pinot Noir clones Abel, 115, 114, 667 and 5, 3-4 days cold soaked and tank-fermented to13.0% alc., and 1.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees and vinified with very low levels of SO2. 17.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP $31.00

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