Untitled Pink Blend 2018
- Rose Blend
- New Zealand, 750ml
"In many ways, not too different from Jono Pryor—soft pale pink in colour with an alluring perfume, and a fresh fruity taste that just goes on and on and on and on..."
- Winery: Untitled Wines
- Varietal: Rose - Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris
- Region: Auckland (predominantly), Marlborough
- Vintage: 2018
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food pairing: Light seafood; salads; light pastas & rice dishes; grilled chicken & fish with herbs
"The majority made through the saignée method. The pinot gris component was from pressings juice so had ample colour to make a pink wine by itself, probably too soft and fleshy for a standalone wine though. Again, like with the White Blend, some unexpectedly good Albarino made a late and surprising addition to the blend."
Untitled, a wine range striving to be different. The impetus for this unique range of multi-vintage, multi-regional, and multi-varietal wines came from a feeling of uniformity within in the industry.
While the specific assemblage of varieties in each wine maybe something a bit different the reasoning behind the blends are not at all unorthodox.
The use of multiple vintages was inspired by those great non-vintage wines of Champagne, Oporto, Xeres, and Madeira and gives both complexity and freshness to the final wine.
The multi-regional inspiration largely came from the legendary Penfolds Grange. But also Chateau Palmer’s Historic XIX Century Wine and the creative multiregional blending wine merchants of yesteryear used to improve wines prior to AOC regulations.
The multi-varietal aspect was inspired predominantly by Chateauneuf-du-Pape and particularly those producers that use all 13 permitted varieties, such as Chateau Beaucastel and Domaine de Beaurenard. Inspiration also came from The Prisoner and the ‘proprietary’ red blend movement underway in the United States.
The attitude, persistence, and wine making philosophy of Sine Qua Non has also been a huge inspiration for this project.
The lot number on the back labels gives an insight to the dominant vintage, the number of grape varieties used, and the number of regions that have gone into creating these delicious, sophisticated, and nuanced refreshments.
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