Mahana Pinot Noir Rose 2015
The Mahana Pinot Noir Rose is one of Michael’s favorite wines from the 2015 vintage due to the adventurous winemaking that we pursued in order to make it. Unlike many producers who make a Rosé as an afterthought or as a cash cow, our Rosé is a dedicated beast that begins with appropriate block selection and continues from there all the way into bottle.
The wine has a bright and clear appearance with a brilliant ruby red colour which, to my eye at least, is quite stunning. The nose bursts with red berries. There are loads of strawberry and raspberry notes on the palate which is surprisingly textural. It is vibrant, fresh and intense. The wine finishes appropriately bone dry and long. This is about as ‘serious’ as Rosé gets and really demands food. 540 dozen produced.
The block is dry grown, picked by hand and then given 5 days maceration as whole bunches allowing for the beginning of the ‘carbonic maceration’ process made famous by the wines of Beaujolais in France. Following pressing, half the wine is fermented by indigenous yeasts in old French barriques whilst the other half is fermented by indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine was bottled in September, almost 6 months after harvest.
A very versatile food wine. Perfect with traditional rich salads, paella, smoked salmon, mezze and BBQ.
Served to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall durning their 2015 Visit to Mahana.