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2016 Rod McDonald Wines One Off Lola May Rose

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Varietal: Rosé
Current Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750ml 
Case Size: 12


Pale in colour, the nose is full of strawberries and cream and raspberries. The palate is dry with a little musk and watermelon added to the mix, while the finish is subtly drying making it refreshing and moreish.


We hand harvested Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris for this blend. They were whole bunch pressed to minimise colour and fermented in tank. We pressed the grapes reasonably hard to get some extract and flavour. The means it’s more well suited to a drier style as it carries its own weight. The Pinot Gris was blended in as a complexity and has added to the layers of flavour.

2016 was a lovely vintage for Pinot Noir in Hawke’s Bay. We selected blocks of Pinot Noir that suited Rosé. They carried slightly higher acidity and the fruit was not as exposed to the sunshine as leaf plucking was kept to a minimum. The blocks used are a mixture of clones and all harvested at around 22-23 brix.



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