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The Hunting Lodge 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Albarino, and 2018 White Mischief
Forrest 2017 and 2016 Gruner Veltliner, 2014 Chardonnay, and John Forrest ‘Collection’ Pinot Noir 2013
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Tiki ‘Estate’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2018
Mahi 2016 ‘Boundary Farm’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Twin Valleys’ Chardonnay
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Palliser Estate Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Red Deer Marlborough Rosé 2018
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Lamont Central Otago 2018 Pinot Rosé and Pinot Gris, and 2017 Chardonnay
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The Luminary 2018 Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
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Misha’s Vineyard 2017 ‘Starlet’ Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 ‘Gallery’ Gewurztraminer and ‘Cantata’ Pinot Noir
Brookfields ‘Ohiti Estate’ 2018 Pinot Gris and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
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Taimana Waitaki Pinot Noir 2013
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Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
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Red Queen Marlborough Pinot Nor Rosé 2017

09 March,2018

Red Queen Wines is the Marlborough collaboration between John Sowman, viticulturist for over 25 years, and Shixiang (Adora) Wu, a journalist from Anhui province in east China who has studied viticulture and winemaking at NMIT and worked vintages. Her aim is to make New Zealand wine for the Chinese market, and working with John, they have blended experience, culture and passion as it "takes all the running you can do just to keep place” as the Red Queen character advised Alice in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, referring to the continual need to improve oneself. Here, I review the 2017 Red Queen Pinot Noir Rosé which is part of the process.


Red Queen Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, candy-floss pink colour with a little depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is delicately fresh with aromas of strawberries and watermelon along with soft floral notes and a hint of confectionary entwined with minerally suggestions. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has light flavours of strawberries and cream with watermelon and lifted floral elements, along with mineral nuances. The mouthfeel is refreshing and lively with slippery acidity, and the wine flows easily along a smooth palate line, leading to a light, nuanced finish. This is a refreshing, light-fruited dry rosé with subtle strawberry and floral fruit on a slippery palate. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés over the next 2 years. Marlborough Pinot Noir fruit, clones 10/5, 115, 667 and 777, given 6 hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 4 g/L RS, the wine undergoing batonnage. 16.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $18.99

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