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Rossendale Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2017

05 October,2017
The Rossendale wine brand of Brent and Shirley Rawstron focusses on good value varietal wine. Although the Rawstrons are based in Christchurch with their administration, function centre and a 6.0 ha vineyard, the majority of their wines come from their 35 ha of vineyard in the Rapaura district of Marlborough. The wines are made at the Spring Creek custom crush facility, and exports count for most of the production. Here, I review a new style for Rossendale, a Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.


Rossendale Marlborough Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, pale on the rim with a fine and persistent bead. The nose is soft with fresh aromas of gooseberry fruit melded with passionfruit notes, fresh herbs and some cut grass and nettle detail. Off-dry to taste, the palate has up-front flavours of gooseberries entwined with fresh herbs, subtle passionfruit notes, along with cut grass and hints of florals. The fruit forms a good core and the mouthfeel has a creamy effervescence and mousse, enlivened by refreshing, bright acidity. The wine flows along a light phenolic-textured line, leading to a light, dry finish of gooseberries and herbs. This is a refreshing, up-front off-dry sparkling Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, herb and nettle flavours, with a creamy mouthfeel and a light, dry, textured line. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit fermented to 12.5% alc. and 11 g/L RS, the wine carbonated. 15.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $14.00
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