Mount Dottrel Central Otago Saignée Rosé 2011

Mount Dottrel Central Otago Saignée Rosé

Our philosophy

Our philosophy is simple. To ensure Mount Dottrel becomes synonymous with quality, we aim to produce high-quality Pinot Noir wines which will bring excitement and pleasure to our customers – honest, unpretentious wine with character and true Kiwi charm.

Tasting description

This Pinot Noir Rosé is made with the exacting saignée method. It is an attractive wine of delicate red berry fruit aromas and smooth, rounded notes of citrus and stone fruit. Dry on the palate, this rosé has a residual sweetness neatly offset by fresh acidity.

Best served slightly chilled. Drink while young and fresh.


Under the care of award-winning winemaker Carol Bunn, ripe, hand-picked Pinot Noir fruit and gentle winemaking were used to craft this exquisite rosé. The vibrant rose pink colour you see in the glass comes from the short time the juice had in contact with the skins before being drained off in accordance with the saignée process. The juice was fermented in stainless steel to retain the subtle fruit flavours, with the fermentation controlled to produce an off-dry style that retains the wine’s natural acidity with a clean, dry finish. About 20% of the wine was barrel fermented in older French oak barriques for eight weeks to increase the mouth-feel and complexity.

Analysis at bottling: Alcohol 14.0% TA = 6.2 g/L RS = 4.0 g/L pH = 3.34

We choose to enclose our wine under screw cap to ensure freshness and avoid cork taint.

Viticultural notes

Our vineyard is planted exclusively in Pinot Noir, carefully managed by award-winning viticulturists Robin and James Dicey of Grape Vision. The 2010 vintage saw good fruit set due to warm weather in December. However, the remainder of the season was unusually cool, resulting in a lighter harvest. Due to the slow ripening and lower crop level, the grapes developed excellent fruit intensity and sweetness.

Our vineyard is situated on glacial schist – low-fertility, alluvial soils typical of the Cromwell Basin in Central Otago, New Zealand. We experience a cool climate of continental extremes – hot, dry summers with cool, dry autumns that promote intense flavour development of our fruit.

Food match suggestions

Mount Dottrel Saignée Rosé is a perfect aperitif, excellent when paired with smoked salmon, trout or chicken.

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