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Waipara Hills Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

15 November,2017

Established in 2001, Waipara Hills is one of the quality wine producers of the Waipara Valley. The brand champions with wines of the region, but as one of the Accolade Wines brands, it can access Marlborough and Central Otago fruit to supplement and broaden the range of Waipara Valley bottlings. The Waipara wines are under the ‘Waipara Hills’ and limited release ‘Equinox’ tiers. Andrew Brown is the winemaker, coming from Framingham in Marlborough where he was assistant winemaker, taking over from Simon McGeorge last year. Simon had been with the company since 2006 and was responsible for a host of top award winning wines. The Waipara vineyard manager is Jean-Luc Dufour, with Waipara Hills from the start. 2016 was an excellent year in Waipara, the dry weather in autumn enabling an exceptionally hang-time for the fruit. Here, I review the 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé. www.waiparahills.co.nz

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Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Canterbury & Waipara

16.5/20

Bright, light salmon-peach pink colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and gently voluminous with a core of quince and cranberry fruit and savoury, mouthwatering red floral nuances.. Dry to taste, the palate has soft, rich flavours of savoury quince and cranberries, with red floral elements. The fruit forms a softly concentrated heart with lacy acidity providing good energy and crispness. The flavours flow smoothly along a light-textured line, leading to a lingering finish of quince and strawberry elements. This is a soft, rich-fruited dry rosé with savoury quince, cranberry and strawberry flavours on a smooth, but refreshing palate. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 18 months to 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the ‘Kimball’ and ‘Home’ blocks given 12 hours skin contact and fermented to 12.0% alc., and 8.0 g/L RS, the wine aged several weeks on lees. 16.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP $21.90

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