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Rossendale Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

09 November,2017

Good value wine is the focus of Brent and Shirley Rawstron’s ‘Rossendale’ brand. Although the Rawstrons have a 6.0 ha vineyard, a function centre and administration base in Christchurch, the majority of the wine comes from their 35 ha of vineyard in the Rapaura district in Marlborough. They have their wines made at the Spring Creek facility. Here, I review the new release 2017 Pinot Gris. www.rossendale.co.nz

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Rossendale Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

15.5+/20

Bright pale straw-yellow colour, very light on the rim. The nose is softly full with fresh aromas of yellow stonefruits and notes of savoury honeysuckle and exotic yellow florals with nuances of fresh herbs. The aromatics show good depth and presence. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has soft, up-front flavours of yellow stonefruits and honeysuckle with floral elements. The palate has soft acidity lending roundness and underliying, grainy phenolic textures providing a thirst-quenching dry grip. The wine carries to a light, moderately sustained finish of stonefruit, honmeysuckle and florals. This is a soft, upfront dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, honey and floral flavours on a rounded, dry-textured palate. Match with Asian fare over the next 2+ years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.0% alc. and 2.5 g/L RS. 15.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $14.00

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