New Label for Wild Rock Wines
Wild Rock, based in The Hawke’s bay, is a producer of premium crafted wines situated in New Zealand’s prime wine-growing districts of the Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough.
“Marlborough is renowned for aromatic whites and Pinot Noir. The parcels of their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are sourced from premium vineyards in Marlborough, with rich alluvial soil creating wines with great depth and fruit intensity. The Marlborough region covers cooler and drier inland sites as well as earlier ripening vineyards that are more exposed to the sea breeze of the coast, all expressing pure and intensely flavoured grapes of exceptional quality.”
“Hawke’s Bay is blessed with a diverse range of soils and micro climates that create endless possibilities for wine growing. The Gimblett Gravels are the warmest vineyard area in New Zealand with ideal climate factors such as sunshine hours, humidity and rainfall. This combination of fertile soils and continental climate allows us to produce Hawke’s Bay wine with great complexity and flavours distinctive for this region.”
I recently had the pleasure of tasting three wines from the Wild Rock portfolio all sporting the new look labels and imagery for the brand. I look forward to tasting the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris when next released! Here are my notes on each wine!
Wild Rock Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2014
Grapes were mostly hand harvested at 22.8 bix, with a portion destemmed and fermented in French Oak barriques (10% new) and aged for 10 months prior to bottling.
Pale golden in colour with stonefruit, citrus and hint of butterscotch on the nose. Nicely balanced palate of peaches, apples, a crisp acidity and nice subtle oak. A great value chardonnay from the bay! 13.2% A/V RRP $19.00
Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red Hawke’s Bay 2013
65% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 100% destemmed, fermented separately in stainless steel then aged in oak barriques for 13 months.
Lovely bright black cherry coloured, summer berries herbal, boysenberry, currants, floral nose – lighter bodied, fruit driven palate with soft oak nuances and fine powdery tannins… 13.0% A/V RRP $19.00
Wild Rock Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014
100% hand harvested & destemmed at 24 brix, indigenous ferment in cloed stainless tanks, then aged in French Oak barriques (12% new) and aged for 10 months prior to bottling.
Cherry red in the glass with a faint brick towards to edge! Savoury nose of forest floor, herbal, cherries and red fruit, textured palate with oak / tannin / acid / alcohol all beautifully in balance, dry with long red fruit-finish 13.5% A/V RRP $21.00
Wild Rock wines are available at Bottle stores and Supermarkets nationwide.