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2016 Rod McDonald Wines One Off Lola May Rose

Hawke's Bay

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Our Price: $17.99 / bottle (RRP: $65.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'This is an elegant and delicate dry rosé with strawberry, watermelon and floral fruit, refined textures and acidity, and thirst-quenching mineral notes.'
18.5/20 - Raymond Chan

  • Shame we have to all the way to New Zealand to get a cracking little new-world Rose such as this (please don't hate me my Kiwi friends).

    What a champion effort from Rod McDonald, and yet it was supposedly just a one-off. Never to be repeated (well that's the story anyway and hence the cheeky name). A little experimental Rose, blending the best of Pinot Noir and touch of Pinot Gris, to make something that is first and foremost delicious, and then secondly something you would be proud to display on the kitchen table as the in-laws make a visit. It's serious Rose too - succulent, complex and downright thirst-inducing, with some pretty heavy hitters getting behind it on the scoring front. 18.5/20 Raymond Chan, 93+ Sam Kim and with more to come. The Kiwi's are certainly coming home strong on the old blush front.


    We hand harvested Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris for this blend. They were whole bunch pressed to minimise colour and fermented in tank. We pressed the grapes reasonably hard to get some extract and flavour. The means it’s more well suited to a drier style as it carries its own weight. The Pinot Gris was blended in as a complexity and has added to the layers of flavour.

    2016 was a lovely vintage for Pinot Noir in Hawke’s Bay. We selected blocks of Pinot Noir that suited Rosé. They carried slightly higher acidity and the fruit was not as exposed to the sunshine as leaf plucking was kept to a minimum. The blocks used are a mixture of clones and all harvested at around 22-23 brix.


    Pale in colour, the nose is full of strawberries and cream and raspberries. The palate is dry with a little musk and watermelon added to the mix, while the finish is subtly drying making it refreshing and moreish.


    'Pale strawberry-pink colour with some depth, lighter edged. The nose is fresh and firmly concentrated with aromas of strawberries and watermelon entwined with red floral notes and mouthwatering mineral nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has delicately luscious and juicy flavours of watermelon and strawberries, subtly lifted by red floral elements, fresh herbs and minerals. The mouthfeel is soft with gentle acid crispness, and a fine and delicately textured line. The aromatic floral and mineral elements blossom and carry to a long, elegant, mouthwatering finish of strawberries and florals.

    This is an elegant and delicate dry rosé with strawberry, watermelon and floral fruit, refined textures and acidity, and thirst-quenching mineral notes. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and tapas over the next 2 years. 93% Pinot Noir and 7% Pinot Gris from Maraekakaho, cool-fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 2.43 g/L RS, the Pinot Gris spending time in seasoned oak, and the wine spending time on lees with batonnage.

    18.5/20 Points - Raymond Chan

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