Mahana Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
Mahana’s rosé comes from the Moutere vines, where all of this producer’s Pinot comes from. So it is organic, dry grown fruit that is picked by hand. The harvested fruit was given a five day maceration as whole bunches, allowing for the beginning of carbonic maceration. Following pressing, half of the wine was fermented in old French barriques, whilst the other half was fermented in stainless steel tanks. In both cases no yeast was added – in fact there were no additions of any sort until some SO2 was added at bottling. Following blending, the wine was bottled in September, almost six month after harvest.
This is the kind of full-bodied rosé that could almost be classified as a light red. It’s a fleshy, textural, yet fresh and complex wine with rose, grenadine, and smoky fruit characters. It clearly shows the influence of the dry grown Pinot as well as the whole bunch, carbonic winemaking. Really impressively deep and powerful and yet, again, it is perfectly balanced and refreshing. Just a terrific rosé of great interest and complexity.
“This is one of my favourite wines from the 2015 vintage due to the adventurous winemaking that we pursued in order to make it. Unlike many producers who make a Rosé as an afterthought or as a cash cow, our Rosé is a dedicated beast that begins with appropriate block selection and continues from there all the way into bottle. The wine has a bright and clear appearance with a brilliant ruby red colour which, to my eye at least, is quite stunning. The nose bursts with red berries. There are loads of strawberry and raspberry notes on the palate which is surprisingly textural. It is vibrant, fresh and intense. The wine finishes appropriately bone dry and long. This is about as ‘serious’ as Rosé gets and really demands food.” Michael Glover, winemaker