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The Landing 2017 Rosé and Ruby Port

16 November,2017

The Landing Vineyard was planted in 2007 as part of a multi-tiered integrated property of 400 ha on the south-western tip of the Purerua Peninsula in the Bay of Islands. Investment executive Peter Cooper has six private beaches, wetlands and four luxury accommodation residences in addition to his plantings of Chardonnay, Syrah. Merlot, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Malbec. Andrew Hull is the viticulturist and The Landing wine is made by Rod MvIvor at the Marsden Estate facility. To date, I’ve tasted impressive Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Syrah wines. Here, I review the 2017 Rosé and Ruby Port.


The Landing Bay of Islands Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland


Bright, light strawberry pink colour with some depth, and slight purple hues on the rim, pale edged. The nose is fresh with light and tightly bound aromas of savoury quince, red cherry and cranberry fruit with bright red florals and subtle mouthwatering mineral notes, Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light quince and cranberry flavours, with red floral notes and thirst-quenching mineral nuances. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively, and the wine flows with good energy and zest, along a fine line of subtle textures, leading to a light, dry finish of quince and florals. Serve as an aperitif, or with antipasto over the next 2 years. This dry rosé has quince, cranberry and strawberry flavours on a fresh and lively palate. 50% Syrah and 50% Merlot, WBP, going direct to press with no skin contact, and cool-fermented in stainless steel to 12.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS. 17.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $24.99

The Landing Bay of Islands Ruby Port NV

Fortified Port Style from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland


Moderately deep, orange-brown colour with some depth and light tawny hues on the edge. The nose is soft and deeply concentrated with packed aromas of dark, savoury plum fruit with caramel and toffee elements, nutty oak and suggestions of complexing rancio elements. Sweet to taste and full-bodied, the palate has flavours of savoury dark plums, caramel and toffee, nutty oak and rancio detail. The flavours are up-front, and driven by fine, firm, clean spirit with a touch of fire. The palate carries along a fine-textured phenolic line, with balanced acidity, leading to a light, dry finish of nuts and caramel. This is an up-front port more in the tawny style, with plum, caramel, toffee and nutty flavours with good clean spirit and a light, dry finish. Serve with nuts, dried fruits and blue cheese. This will remain in this stable state for many years. This is a concentrated port wine with plum, caramel and nutty oak flavours more akin to Tawny in style. Syrah fruit from the 2012 vintage fermented with distilled spirit from ‘Kings Liquor’ added to reach 18.0% alc. and 55 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 years in seasoned oak until bottling in March 2018. (500 ml) 16.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $49.99

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