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Piccolo Pinot Gris 2017

Tasting Notes

Weather is obviously a large part of the equation.  My cryptic notes indicate that the 2 consecutive days we got in late February 2017 of 25 degrees largely made up our 2017 summer.  Hence the delayed vintage on 25 April.  The fruit was nice and clean with a small quantity of botrytis.  Average brix level came in at an admirable 22.8.  Our “small is beautiful” motto was adhered to –  a small crop averaging 1.7 tonnes/acre.
The wine itself was fermented in stainless over a period of 10 days at an average temperature of 19 degrees.
Piccolo is dry with a perfumed floral nose and notes of white peach, mango and musk.  Mouthfeel is rich and velvety.  An ideal wine for spicy food and risqué repartee.
Piccolo can be sharply separated from what guru Jancis Robinson describes as “the sea of reasonably undistinguished Italian Pinot Grigios” and is much closer to the Alsace version of the variety (which is a mutation of Pinot Noir).
The most unusual application of our Piccolo was reported last Valentines Day – an enthusiastic punter took a bottle to the Wellington Zoo that night and sipped it to the mellifluous sound of the animals mating!

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Ramblin’ Rosé 2018

Tasting Notes

Since eyesight precedes taste, the first sensation you get from Ramblin’ Rosé is its delightful hue – fluoro pink. In the Roseworthy system of scoring wine quality, 3 points out of 20 are allocated to colour.  Ramblin’ Rosé gets 3 out of 3.  That’s a good (and easy) start.  Half a day’s maceration on skins produces this charming result.

Ramblin’ Rosé is derived (predominantly) from a single clone (Mariefield) of our Pinot Noir which ripens a little later than the others.  It is extremely suitable for the drier, food friendly style that we have been developing over the last few years. At 8g/l residual sugar it is on the cusp of frivolous sunshine – induced drinking (not uncommon in Martinborough) while at the same time being dry enough to enhance the edgy dishes coming from Margaret’s kitchen.

Ramblin’ Rosé’s palate is crisp and refreshing with notes variously described as strawberries/cranberries; is rhubarb too fanciful?  Doesn’t matter.  Only vocab.  One young visitor captured this irreverent (to some winemakers!) spirit admirably.  Listening patiently to the mounting diatribe of verbosity she waited for the man to finish.  As he caught his breath for the next onslaught she said respectfully..”in tasting wine I only have two descriptors – yum or yuk”.  Not many adjectives there, but the bottom line is plain.  Incidently Ramblin’ Rosé is yum!

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