Elephant Hill Rosé 2012

Rose from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 12-Apr-2013
100% Pinot Noir from sites in Alexandra and Tarras, Central Otago, the fruit brought as whole bunches to the Te Awanga winery, given a 36 hour soak and cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with a small portion in barrel to 13.5% alc. and 3.7 g/L rs. Moderately deep strawberry-salmon pink colour, lighter on rim. The bouquet is fresh and direct with good intensity of strawberry and red cherry fruits aromas, underlined by a suggestion of confectionary and a steely herb-mineral melange. Dry to taste, subtle flavours of strawberry, cherry and watermelon build with sweetness and weight. The mouthfeel is soft, but fresh with a fine graininess underlined by lacy acidity. Nuances of boiled sweets are countered by savoury herbs, and the flavours flow smoothly to a gentle, lingering, lush finish. This is an attractively soft-textured, dry rosé with some succulent fruitiness. Serve in al fresco dining situations over the next 18 months. 17.0/20 Apr 2013 RRP $26.00

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