We wanted to make a great summer time wine that was lower in alcohol, dry in style and worked well with food.

The wine comes from Pinot Noir grapes grown on our ‘Ward Farm’ vineyard, located just outside the township of Ward in the Awatere Valley.  It is owned and managed by Pam and Polly Francis. Being at the southern end of the Marlborough appellation and so close to the sea, the vineyard benefits from the cool southerly winds that come up the coast and help retain fruit character. The Pinot Noir is intense in flavour and perfectly suited to the style of Rosé we want to achieve.

The focus with this wine is to provide a drink that has texture and depth, rather than focusing solely on primary fruit notes. We want a wine that satisfies across the palate and employ a number of techniques to achieve this. The grapes were harvested then left on skins for a period of time until we achieved the colour and flavour we wanted.  It was then pressed and taken to tank for cool fermentation to preserve the vibrant fruit characters of the wine.

Variety: Pinot Noir
Winegrowing Team: Brian Bicknell, Pat Patterson, our focussed growers and brilliant vintage staff
Alcohol: 12.2%
Titratable acidity: 6.8 g/L
Residual sugar: <1 g/L
Brix at harvest: 21.6
Harvest: 11th April 2017