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Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay

rose (merlot)

This wine is from produced from Merlot grapes grown in cooler inland sites of the Hawkes Bay region. The vines are grown on shingle soils and managed intensively with both shoot and bunch thinning the norm.


The grapes for this wine are machine harvested early in the day while cool and transported to the winery as quickly as possible for pressing. The juice is run to tank for settling with further skin contact. The fermentation is conducted at cool temperatures to retain the vibrant red fruit flavours always found in our Esk Valley Merlot Rosé. The ferment is stopped when almost dry, leaving a small quantity of residual sugar to balance the finished wine.


This dry style Rosé is widely regarded as New Zealand’s premium Rosé, having won many awards over the years since its first vintage in 1991. It is excellent with most foods or as an apéritif. Pale in colour, it is made in the style of a white wine from red grapes. Aromas of strawberry and red fruits predominate. The wine is full bodied with excellent acidity and freshness. Serve chilled.


Very versatile. Try with summer al fresco fare, smoked fish and meat, pork or white dishes. Great as an apéritif. 


Enjoy upon release or for up to two years following bottling. 

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