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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. www.redqueenwines.co.nz


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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