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Bannock Brae Central Otago ‘Cathy’s’ Rosé 2017

08 December,2017

Crawford and Catherine Brown established their Central Otago winegrowing venture when they purchased land and planted vines on Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn in 1998. From their first vintage in 2001, they have forged a name for outstanding Pinot Noir, their bottlings winning many awards since. As well as their Pinot Noir wines, they have a Riesling from contracted fruit, a Gruner Veltliner from their own vines, and the ‘Cathy’s’ Rosé, named for Catherine. Jen Parr is the Bannock Brae winemaker. Here, I review the new releases 2017 ‘Cathy’s’ Rosé.


Bannock Brae ‘Cathy’s’ Central Otago Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Otago


Bright peach-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the edge with eye-of-the-partridge hues. The nose is fresh with softly full aromas of watermelon, quince, cranberries and strawberries, unfolding soft herbal nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has intense and well-concentrated flavours of watermelon, quince, cranberries and subtle nuances of bitter cherries, herbs and red florals. The mouthfeel is thirst-quenching with crisp, lacy acidity, and the wine flows with good drive along a soft, fine-textured line, leading to a mouthwatering finish of watermelon, quince and florals. This is a thirst-quenching, dry rosê with flavours of watermelon, quince and cranberries on a crisp palate. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir fruit destemmed and given 2 days skin contact, and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.9% alc. and 4.5 g/L RS. RRP $25.00

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