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Nelson Pinot Noir Rosé 2011
Vineyard: Seifried Challies and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 23.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March - Early April 2011
pH of Wine: 3.46
T.A of Wine: 7.1g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 0.4g/L
Our Rabbit Island vineyards are situated on a wide river flat. The soil is made up of gravelly sandy loam, which marks the sites of Maori kumara beds (sweet potato) prior to European settlement in the early 1800’s. The Maori transferred and spread fine gravel and sand over the land to provide suitable soils for their kumara plantings. Scrub was burned to give ash and charcoal, which increased soil fertility and gave characteristic topsoil. This fertility is now considerably reduced due to modern farming. The soils are however very sandy and free draining and the water table is relatively high ensuring adequate underground water.
The Brightwater Vineyard is situated 15 km from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond ranges. The “soil” is a combination of rocks and boulders which is very hard on the farm equipment, but vital for holding the warmth of Nelson’s sun.
Pinot Noir grapes were picked, de-stemmed and then gravity fed to open top red fermenters. The Pinot Noir grapes then underwent a period of maceration before the Rosé juice was drained off 24 hours later. This juice was then cold settled for a further 24 hours, before the clear juice was racked off, warmed and inoculated for ferment. A cool fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks to retain the clean aromatic fruit characters. The Rosé was blended, stabilised and fined, before bottling in July 2011.
The 2011 Rosé has appealing delicate candyfloss and fresh seasoned raspberries on the nose. The palate has strawberries and a creamy texture which lingers and leaves a lasting impression.
Bottle Size: 750ml
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