No 1 Rosé Methode Traditionelle
This exceptional rose is made from 100% Pinot Noir. Delicate salmon pink in color with a mass of tiny bubbles, the wine offers a balance of cherry and almond hints. On the palate – Pretty crushed strawberry flavors with hints of yeasty champagne like autolysis on the palate. Dry and elegant, this wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendor.
"No 1 Family Estate is the finest-quality sparkling wine venture in New Zealand, with the entire range rivaling Champagne quality, and not just any quality (91 rating)." Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine by Tom Stevenson 18.0/20, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews: "A relatively new ‘pretty’ sibling for the ‘Cuvee No. 1’, this rosé wine has a soft, light salmon pink color with a fine beaded bubble. The bouquet is soft, full and even in expression, with beautiful strawberry and soft red fruit aromas allied to subtle yeasty autolysis elements. Dry on palate, this is a pretty and elegant wine with delicate strawberry, cranberry and red floral flavors. The textures are very soft and gentle, allowing the sweet fruit nuances to open out, providing a soft, but rich finish. Ideal for warm weather drinking as an aperitif, and with antipasto."
The fruit for this third release of the No 1 Rosé was grown on North South facing vines on the stony Rapaura soils. The 10x5 vines are spur pruned and hand harvested when the fruit balance is optimal, taking advantage of Marlborough’s cool nights and naturally high acids to provide freshness on the palate. The Pinot Noir fruit was pressed gently on a long slow cycle then fermented with traditional French Champagne yeast in a stainless steel fermenter. It underwent a natural Malo Lactic fermentation and spent 10 months on lees in tank before the tirage bottling and a further 20 months on lees in the bottle.
- Pinot Noir