DUNBAR ESTATES Nelson Tasman Rosé 2018
Harvest date: 04 April 2018
Residual Sugar: 13 g/lt
This Rosé was harvested on 4 April 2018 just after Easter. A combination of 6 bins of Sangiovese grapes plus 1/2 bin of some scrappy Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 buckets of the ripest Montepulciano grapes from our hill vineyard which sadly had to be pulled out due to uneven steepness causing Health & Safety issues. A ‘gentle’ approach was taken in managing the grapes and a mindset of getting quality rather than quantity. Some sugar was added but the possible over sweetness counteracted by allowing a greater depth of tannins to remain in the wine to provide a balance of flavour/ dryness. At 20 brix the fruit was bordering on not being ripe enough & had a stressful growing season with excess rain and humidity not often experienced in the region. The resulting 2018 Rosé has a beautiful colour and a deliciously fresh taste – so we are delighted!
Winemaker: Tony Southgate.