Margrain Pinot Rosé 2022 (12 Bottles) Martinborough

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Rosé is the pinup girl of the twenty twenties! They come in every size and shape, every colour and hue and from all points of the globe. It seems everyone is making them and everyone is drinking them; what’s not to love? It’s been 20 years since we produced our first Rosé and although they have gotten a little drier over the years, the thing that has remained constant is decent bloody colour! Colour attests to the weightiness of the wine – and we do like our Rosés to have a bit of flavour and guts!

From a dream, waking into the light; there is something clandestine about this wine. Like a cool breeze on a hot summer night, it will draw you in with fragrant wafts of Cape gooseberry, Absolutely Fabulous yellow roses and a layer of torched demerara sugar, then clobbers you with thick red currant jelly, crunchy Anzac biscuit and salty caramel aromas. Hints of asphalt after spring rain, white chocolate buttons, home bottled peaches and baked kumara speak to the ingress of flavours which occur in the must during the overnight skin contact after the grapes were crushed.

On the palate, the wine jolts the senses awake with a rattle of thunder and a cloudburst of flavour. Sweet brioche and grapefruit curd combine with ice-cold pineapple fruju and cream filled brandy snap. There is a momentary serenity to the balance as if the touch of residual sugar has just fought a torrid battle with the vibrant acidity before both having fallen down exhausted. Creamy Brazil nuts and chewy aeroplane lollies add to the terry towelling mouth feel which makes it impossible to catch between the teeth. It is light and soft up front yet the back palate is as dazzling and agile as a Black Ferns inside/outside combination. It won’t be hard to bend an occasion to intermingle perfectly with this wine.



About Margrain Vineyard Wines

The Margrain vineyard, planted in 1992, was born from the passion for fine wine, good food and the country lifestyle held by husband and wife owners Daryl and Graham Margrain. While running a successful Wellington business they were looking for a new focus when they recognised the potential Martinborough held for the establishment of a quality winery, accommodation and conference complex.

They were part of the second wave of wine enthusiasts who came to town to follow on from the success of the pioneer wineries which had established themselves some 10 years previously. Having developed a love for the regions wines, they quickly came to realise the importance of the local climate plus the effects of the now famous Martinborough Terrace soils.

The original 4 hectare property combined perfect location with the essential soil type, – a fine layer of silty loam over deep river gravels which sits on the edge of the terrace overlooking the Huangarua river bed. The site was immediately planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, – a combination of what was already emerging as the regions best styles.

The company then expanded with the purchase of the adjacent vineyard (one of the original 4 in the town). The proximity is perfect, the soil excellent and the site well proven. Extensive replanting to Pinot Noir has been carried out and the remaining original plantings gave welcome access to fruit from 20 years old vines, – a rarity in this young region.

In the winter of 2001 a further block was planted to Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc in an exciting new sub-region 8 km south of town. The site has very similar attributes to the home block, being on the edge of a terrace rising above the Dry River – a small river so named because of its propensity to run beneath its bed in all but the wettest times of year.

Graham’s philosophy in branding the company was a simple one, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth putting your name on.” Our winemaking philosophy is equally straight forward, simply to produce the very best wines we can, without compromise. This task begins each year with pruning and ends only when the wine is in the bottle. Yields of between 1.5 and 2 tonnes per acre are an essential part of this strategy.


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