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Estate Rosé

Waiheke Island, New Zealand



Price: $49 per bottle


50% whole bunch pressed and 50% destemmed. Macerated on skins to achieve depth of color and flavour. Cold settling, racked to stainless and inoculated with a selected single strain for a slow fermentation to retain aromatic expression.

Food pairing:

Sweet and sour pork, Crusted fish and ratatouille a la plancha, Salmon and avocado Maki, Raw beetroot, feta and lentil salad, Moroccan chicken tagine

Vintage report

Warm breezy days, calm nights and the odd refreshing shower were the hallmarks of spring this growing season. This allowed an abundant fruit-set which our team then set about sculpting into perfect balance.

Summer was kind with lots of sunshine, above average daytime temperatures and 22 days over 30C during the growing season. Free draining North facing sites allowed us to capture all that sun while shedding the little rain that fell.

The beautifully separated bunches ripened fully with harvest begining earlier than usual. All varietals across the vintage period were picked in optimal condition leading to much jubilation in the winery.

Technical analysis:

Region: Waiheke Island
Grapes: Cab Sav - Syrah
Brix at harvest: 21-22.5
Alcohol: 13%
Residual Sugar: 1.2g/l
pH: 3.39
TA: 7.2g/l
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Bob Campbell: 90 points


Price: $45 per bottle


60% whole bunch pressed and 40% destemmed. Macerated on skins with special enzymes to achieve depth of color and flavor. Cold settled, racked without fining to a stainless steel tank and inoculated with a selected single strain for a slow fermentation to retain aromatic expression. A portion was french oak barrel fermented and aged for an extra layer of complexity.

Food pairing:

Tandoori chicken, Scallops Provencal, Salade Niçoise, Antipasto platter, Hot smoked salmon with rocket and chilli linguine.

Vintage report

Warm settled weather in spring provided an early bud burst and an early compressed flowering and resultant fruitiest. Canopies were meticulously nurtured with laterals thinned by hand. After fruitset we followed up by detailed leaf removal around the fruitzone allowing the fruit to make the most of the abundant sunshine. December and January were some of the driest months on record assisting version to begin at least 10 days earlier than usual. There was a meagre 243mm of rainfall in the growing season, the driest in 10 years. This coupled with warm summer days, cool nights and light maritime breezes helped to provide wines which are rich, ripe, opulent yet refined.

Technical analysis:

Region: Waiheke Island
Grapes: Merlot – Cab Sav
Date of Harvest: 11th March 2020
Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual Sugar: 1.8 g/l
pH: 3.41
TA: 6.8 g/l
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