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SOHO ‘Pink Sheep’ Marlborough Rosé 2017

02 October,2017
The ‘Pink Sheep’ Rosé of the SOHO Wine Co. has been created as the company’s way of supporting mental health. Funds from every bottle sold will go to the ‘Key to Life’ charitable trust, spearheaded by prominent entertainer and mental health campaigner Mike King. SOHO’s managing director Rachael Carter has experienced metal illness affect members of her family, and the mental health issue is one she feels very passionate about.

This rosé wine is regarded as SOHO’s most "provocative”, with a very individual label, as well as being an instrument to raise awareness of, and support funding for mental health. The ‘Pink Sheep’ theme was inspired by flamboyant fashion designer Alexander McQueen who often referred to himself as the ‘Pink Sheep’ in the family. Rachael Carter says he was "a troubled genius who suffered depression” and he ended his life prematurely at the age of 40.

The wine was crafted by SOHO’s Marlborough winemaker Dave Clouston to be of high quality, and it will be released on 2 October. My review of the wine follows.


SOHO ‘Pink Sheep’ Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

Very pale salmon-pink colour, very light on the rim. The nose is very elegant and delicate with fragrant aromas of strawberries and cream, quince and subtle notes of red florals and suggestions of fruit-pastille confectionary. The aromatics form a rounded core with richness, but retain finesse and beauty. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a fine, concentrated heart of strawberries and cream, quince and soft red floral notes. The fruit possesses richness, a soft texture and smooth flow. The palate has fresh acidity, and the flavours flow with good energy to a dry, thirst-quenching finish. This is a finely concentrated dry rosé with a subtle richness showing strawberries and cream, with quince notes on a smooth, refreshing and mouthwatering finish. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes, dim sum and antipasto over the next 2 years. 100% Pinot Noir from the Wairau Valley and a single site in the Awatere Valley, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 10 weeks on lees. 18.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $27.00
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