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Tironui Hawke’s Bay 2017 Rosé and Merlot 2015

15 September,2017
Richard and Jennifer Brown operate ‘Tironui’ a 2.025 ha vineyard planted to Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon on a terraced hillside in 2002. The vineyard is situated just below ‘Sugarloaf’ with spectacular views over Mission Estate, across Napier and out to Cape Kidnappers. A high quality blended red representing the planted varieties is the focus of Tironui. Each vintage slightly varies due to the performance of each variety and what is selected for the blend by winemaker Chris Harrison. Here, I review two new wines for the Browns, which extend their portfolio, a rosé, resulting from the challenging vintage, and uniquely with the three varieties co-fermented, and a 2015 Merlot, made from fruit not utilised in the blended red. I review the wines here.


Tironui Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Very pale cerise-pink, lighter on the rim. The nose is very fresh, elegant and fragrant with aromas of strawberries, quince and red florals and subtle notes of fruit pastille confectionary and minerals. This has beauty and delicacy. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has elegant and aromatic flavours of strawberries, quince and watermelon, with red floral notes and mouthwatering mineral elements. The mouthfeel is refreshing and lively with bright, crisp acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line with a little thirst-quenching grip, leading to a dry, subtly-nuanced finish. This is a delightfully elegant and delicately fruited dry rosé with strawberry, quince and watermelon flavours and thirst-quenching mineral notes. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. A blend of 73% Malbec, 19% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, hand-picked, WBP and co-fermented to 11.5% alc. and approx. 5 g/L RS. 280 dozen made. 18.5/20 Sep 2017 RP $25.00

Tironui Estate Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

Merlot from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose finely concentrated with aromas of redcurrant and red berry fruit along with notes of fresh herbs and blackcurrant leaf. The fruit is in the cooler spectrum. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a softly packed heart with flavours of redcurrants and blackcurrants along with fresh herb and blackcurrant leaf. The palate is moderately extracted lending grainy tannin structure, and is enlivened by brisk acidity. The flavours carry with some drive, but recede on the light, herb-nuanced finish. This is a fresh and brisk, cooler-spectrum Merlot with curranty and herbal fruit on a grainy-textured palate. Serve with herb-marinated red meats and Mediterranean fare over the next 3+ years. 100% Merlot from the ‘Tironui’ vineyard, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in seasoned oak. 70 dozen made. 16.0+/20 Sept 2017 RRP $25.00
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