2016 Mount Edward Pinot Noir Rosé Central Otago

SKU #1297217 90-91 points Raymond Chan

 Mount Edward is one of the bright stars in the Central Otago wine producing region. The 2016 Rose is pale candy-floss pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a soft and delicate nose with a gentle core of strawberries, quince and pomegranate, along with nuances of red florals and suggestions of thirst-quenching mineral elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light flavours of strawberries, pomegranate and quince fruit entwined with soft, savoury floral and minerally notes. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with bright acidity and the wine flows along a fine, dry, phenolic-threaded line, leading to a tight finish with nuances of florals and quince. This is a light, subtle strawberry, quince and pomegranate fruited, dry rosé with a fresh mouthfeel and thirst-quenching fine-textured finish. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years. Hand-picked Pinot Noir from the 'Muirkirk' vineyard, WBP over 5 hours for colour, and indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and dryness.  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

This wine flew off the shelves last year and again we only have a small allocation. This single vineyard wine is hand picked from Mount Edward’s Biogro certified organic Muirkirk vineyard on Felton Rd in Bannockburn. The fruit is whole bunch pressed on a gentle five hour cycle to pick up just a light pink hue and retain elegance. The wine is then fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel at ambient temperatures. This is a strictly dry, light, refreshing style that is the perfect aperitif. Aromas of rose petals, summer berries, baking spice and bramble. The palate is juicy with racy acidity and cleansing length. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2017 | Send Email
The wine makers of Mount Edward focus their efforts on producing organic, single estate, small production wines that are reflective of the terroir in which they are grown. This attention to detail is evident in this lovely Rose of direct press Pinot Noir. The nose on this wine is incredible and smells like white roses, fresh nectarines and juicy watermelon. The palate is a little softer but still has such incredible, zippy acidity. This is an elegant Rose that truly showcases the best of what Central Otago has to offer.

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2017 | Send Email
Mount Edward brings it again with their killer rose! I've been waiting for this to come back in stock! Strawberry, melon, red cherry, citrus zest, and mineral with bright, zesty acidity. So, so drinkable! Grab a bottle, pull up a chair in the sun, kick off your shoes and toast the spring!
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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2017 | Send Email
It's always exciting to see the first of the rosés arriving from the southern hemisphere, and as usual, Mount Edward's Pinot Noir rosé is one of the standouts! This is made in a classic French style with very light color, pretty strawberry and cream notes and gorgeous cherry aromatics. Think Sancerre rosé, or classic Provence style with the added elegance and subtlety of Pinot Noir. Although you could pair this with lighter appetizers or veggie dishes, this drinks beautifully on its own.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
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