Middle Earth 2020 Rosé of Pinot Meunier, Nelson, New Zealand
- Winemaker: Trudy Sheild
- Farming: Certified Sustainable
- Varieties: Pinot Meunier
- Terroir: Nelson, New Zealand - Flat alluvial soils, gravel with a layer of silt loam
- Vinification: Once at the winery the fruit was quickly destemmed, transferred to the press, de-juiced directly and sent to tank for cold settling. Once well clarified the juice was racked to another tank for ferment. The juice was inoculated with yeast - chosen for the ability to liberate a high concentration of fermentation esters. The ensuing ferment was kept cool to maintain a civilized pace and preserve the glorious aromatics. As the residual sugar in the wine crept into the single digits a small portion of the wine was peeled off to a smaller tank to undergo malolactic fermentation. The winery team began tasting daily, weighing up the two wines’ character where together there would be overall balance. Once a consensus was reached the wines were deeply chilled to arrest ferment. From there the two wines were recombined and the wine then moved quickly yet gently through the finishing steps for the first bottling of the year in early July 2021.
- Aging: Stainless Steel
- Tasting Note: mouth filling, medium bodied and has a generous nose of wild berries and watermelon. The small potion of wine that has completed malolactic fermentation brings a lovely creaminess to the nose and smooth silk to the palate. The wine is teased out to a long clean finish by a fresh citrusy acidity.
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