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The Landing 2018 Bay of Islands Rosé and Pinot Gris

20 August,2018

The Landing Vineyard is part of a multi-tiered integrated property developed by investment executive Peter Cooper, occupying 400 ha on the south-western tip of the Purerua Peninsula in the Bay of Islands. The 9 ha vineyard was established in 2007 and is planted to Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Malbec. The vineyard comes under the care of viticulturist Andrew Hull and the wines made by Rod McIvor at Marsden Estate. To date, the first wines of Chardonnay and Syrah have been impressive, and the inaugural Pinot Gris from the challenging 2017 vintage was of very high quality (click here to see my review). This is a label to take seriously. Here, I review the new 2018 Rosé and Pinot Gris which come from a season in which earlier picking was prudent. www.thelandingnz.com


The Landing Bay of Islands Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland


Bright, pale pink colour, with slight purple hues and a little depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh and fragrant with aromas of strawberries and lifted red florals, unfolding some fresh fermentation esters. The aromatics grow in depth and concentration with aeration. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has restrained and elegantly soft strawberry and cherry fruit with aromatic red florals and notes of fresh fermentation esters. The flavours form a gentle core, and the wine flows along a soft line. Fresh, lacy acidity enlivens the mouthfeel, and the flavours carry to a lingering, nuanced finish. This is an elegantly concentrated dry rosé with strawberry and cherry flavours with florals and esters on a soft palate with fresh acidity. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and antipasto over the next 2 years. 100% Syrah, WBP and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 11.5% alc. and 8 g/L RS. 17.0/20 Aug 2018 RRP $26.99

The Landing Bay of Islands Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland


Bright, even, pale golden-hued straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with well-packed aromas of yellow stonefruits along with stonefruit kernels, and subtle notes of fragrant white and yellow florals and savoury honeusuckle. This is clean and fresh in expression. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palat has a slender but finely concentrated heart of bright and vibrant white and yellow stonefruit flavours, along with subtle notes of florals and honeysuckle. The flavours show clarity and the wine flows softly and smoothly with background acidity lending energy, carrying to a soft, light finish. This is a fresh and elegant dryish Pinot Gris with flavours of stonefruits, florals and honey expressed with clarity and without complication. Serve with most white meat dishes over the next 3 years. Pinot Gris fruit from ‘The Landing’ vineyard, fermented in stainless-steel to 11.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Aug 2018 RRP $26.99

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