Mt Beautiful Rose 2020 - North Canterbury, NZ
Traditionally made Rosé produced from Pinot Noir (65%) and Pinot Gris (35%) juice pressed off after a period of light skin contact and co-fermented in tank. The Mt Beautiful Rosé has a classic light pink hue with fragrant wild strawberry, comice pear and savory aromas. On the palate the wine is dry with a clean fruitiness soft and textured and crisp refreshing finish.
Native New Zealander David Teece and his California-born wife, Leigh, named their estategrown wines for a nearby peak, Mt. Beautiful. More than a picturesque landmark, the mountain provides their vineyards with critical protection from the high winds that scour the New Zealand coast. Ripening grapes in cool coastal climates like North Canterbury, where they planted vines in 2004, can be a challenge. Heat-loving varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon are impossible to grow, but crisp, early-ripening whites can thrive. The payoff comes in aromatic, food-friendly wines with pleasing acidity, like this Sauvignon Blanc. British-born winemaker Sam Weaver preserves the clean, bright flavors by vinifying the wine in stainless steel. The high-toned citrus notes are balanced by a silky texture and a hint of tropical ripeness.