The King's Desire Pinot Noir Rose 2020
In the 12th and 13th century, they inhabited Lundy Island off the southwest coast of England. The Kings Series wines were created to celebrate the scandalous stories of these ancestors. King Henry the First is said to have fathered some 35 illegitimate children, one of whom was apparently William de Marisco. Many assume this is the reason the de Marisco family had ties to the Royal Court thereafter – all as a direct result of The King’s Desire.
TASTING NOTEMade with a nod to Provence, this lighter style rosé has aromas of candied pear and mango with underlying secondary notes of brioche and honeycomb. The focused palate delivers stone fruit flavours while a full-bodied mouthfeel lingers on the palate carrying a juicy acidity.
FOOD MATCHINGThe Kings Desire 2020 is best enjoyed with summer fare, try it with chargrilled Mediterranean vegetables with kasundi and macadamia nuts.
CELLARING POTENTIAL3 Years.
ORIGINSourced from The Slopes and Leefield Station vineyards in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough.
100% Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir was harvested by a combination of hand and machine when fruit was at its optimal ripeness. The hand harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed and racked into old oak barrels for fermentation. The machine harvested portion was pressed to stainless steel tanks to retain freshness and fruit purity. Regular lees stirring of the barrel portions helped to build opulence and mouthfeel. Our best rosé components were blended in winter before filtration and bottling.
Residual sugar 1.4g/L
VINTAGEThe growing season and harvest of 2020 was a thoroughly “good news” story despite the challenges thrown at us by COVID-19.
Bud burst came early this season, but cool dry weather meant leaf development and canopy growth was drawn out. By November temperatures warmed up and rainfall levels returned to near normal. By December the above average warmth contributed to early and speedy flowering in early season varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Between Christmas and March, the season bounced back strongly with a very consistent period of hot, dry weather; the driest Marlborough has seen in 88 years. Harvest began with fruit for our sparkling wine programme and moved swiftly through our Waihopai River Vineyard and finally onto cooler areas of Leefield Station.
We believe the quality of the wine to come from our Waihopai and Southern Valleys vineyards will make 2020 memorable – delivering aromatic wines full of bright and exuberant freshness– a vintage to be remembered for more than just a pandemic.
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