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Wairau River 2018 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc

07 August,2018

The team at Wairau River is one of the most experienced in Marlborough, especially when it comes to viticulture. Phil and Chris Rose established their vineyards in 1978, so four decades of grapegrowing have ceded immeasurable lessons in how to approach each growing season. This could be seen in the challenging 2017 vintage wines where rain events essentially dictated picking decisions for most growers. Those with intimate knowledge of their vineyards, ownership of those vineyards and their own winery, such as Wairau River, were able to do well, and this shows in the 2017 Wairau River wines which are creditable efforts. 2018 was also a difficult year with two cyclones bringing rain. But warm growing conditions at the beginning were warm, bring vintage early, thus avoiding the rain for many varieties. Here, I review the 2018 Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc. www.wairauriverwines.com

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Wairau River Marlborough Rosé 2018

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5+/20

Very pale candyfloss pink with a little depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is very delicate with fragrant aromas of red florals along with a fresh, mouthwatering amalgam of herbs and minerals, unfolding subtle strawberry and pomegranate fruit notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has delicate, but mouthfilling flavours od strawberries, red florals and pomegranate with subtle notes of fresh herbs, forming a tight core and providing a thirst-quenching mouthfeel. The fruit flows with good linearity along a very fine, phenolic-textured line with crisp acidity, carrying the flavours to a clean, dry, lingering, nuanced finish. This is a crisp and thirst-quenching, delicately mouthfilling flavoured dry rosé with strawberries, florals and herbs. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés over the next 2 years. Made from Pinot Noir fruit, over 50% from the ‘Rapaura’ vineyard with almost all the rest from the ‘Home’ vineyard and a small portion from ‘The Angler’ vineyard, crushed and given a limited amount of skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS. 17.5+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $20.00

Wairau River Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5/20

Bright, pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is very taut and tightly bound with penetrating aromas of pungent passionfruit along with an amalgam of tropical fruit, fresh herbs, white florals and minerals. This has purity and intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has very concentrated and packed flavours of pungent passionfruit, tropical fruit, fresh herbs and minerals. The fruit has fragrant lift and vibrancy, with excellent intensity, and is enlivened by fresh, crisp acidity. The wines has linearity and drive, and carries along a fine-textured line, leading to a long and sustained finish. This is a taut and finely concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with intense passionfruit, tropical fruit, herb and mineral flavours on a fine textured palate with crisp acidity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit primarily from the ‘Home’ vineyard with a portion from the ‘Rapaura’ site and some from ‘The Angler’ vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.5 g/L RS, the wine aged on light lees. 18.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $20.00

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