Grape Varieties: 74% Pinot Noir, 26% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
Head Winemaker: Matt Connell

This vibrant Rosé Brut NV méthode was crafted from quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit sourced from several blocks on their estate vineyards. Each parcel was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed with each batch being kept separate. The pressed juice parcels settled and then were racked off to ferment dry, at a cool temperature in a combination of old oak barriques and stainless steel tanks.

 

For this Rosé méthode, one Pinot Noir parcel of fruit was fermented on its skins to produce a red coloured base wine for inclusion in the blend. Once malolactic fermentation was complete the base wines, together with up to 15% of reserve wine, that had been aged for several years in old French oak barrels were blended to produce the Akarua Rosé Brut NV. The red base wine that gives this Rosé its distinctive pink colour comprises about 10% of the final blend.
The blended base wines were transferred to bottle with yeast and a precise amount of sugar to undergo the secondary fermentation. This wine was aged for approximately 24 months on yeast lees in bottle before being - hand riddled, disgorged and then labeled.
As you pour this sparkling rosé wine into your glass - you are dazzled by a vibrant pink colour with a red hue. The wines delicate aroma shows hints of strawberry as well as numerous blanched nut characters and subtle floral notes. The Pinot Noir component has a strong influence on the palate, which has lively red berry-fruit flavours balanced by bright acidity creating a lingering, savoury, dry finish. Chill and serve at 7-8°C.

A vibrant Méthode NV Rosé with character.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and if patient for another 18-24 months.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect sparkling wine as an aperitif, with prawns, scallops, sushi & sashimi and also fresh fruit desserts, enjoy.