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Capturing Central Otago in a bottle

Written by Margo Berryman

The spring release of Mount Michael Wines new 2021 vintage has been an exciting time for the Mount Michael team led by wine maker Pip Clarke.

“We are thrilled to announce that our Mount Michael and The Mountaineer Rosé’s are back for 2021. They were the first wines to be sent down the line at our bottling facility in Cromwell ahead of their recent release and are now available in the market and online,” says Pip.

The Mount Michael Pinot Noir Rosé is crafted with 100 per cent premium Pinot Noir, harvested from the Bendigo and Pisa Central Otago sub-regions.

“ It has a vibrant strawberry pink hue and is dry in style yet packed with ruby grapefruit, freeze dried strawberries, vanilla and orange blossom,” she says. “We made a tiny quantity of this vintage, it won’t be around long and we encourage people to purchase a few bottles before it sells out.”

Mount Michael is the southernmost peak of the Pisa Range at the entrance to the Cromwell basin and overlooks the subregions in which the winery’s grapes are grown. 

Pip says The Mountaineer 2021 Pinot Rosé pays homage to the pioneering spirit of the region’s early mountaineers.

“ The preparation, passion and commitment necessary to grow and make wines in Central Otago mirrors the challenges faced by these pioneering mountaineers.”

“ This particular Rosé  had a cool fermentation and partial maturation in neutral oak and is bursting with fresh watermelon, cherry blossom, and fennel aromas, packed with vibrant strawberry and citrus on the palate. It captures the Central Otago summer in a bottle.”

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Margo Berryman