Snapper Rock Sparkling Cuvée Rosé NV
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Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes & using the same method as Prosecco, it’s delightfully drinkable and might just be the ultimate celebration wine!
Charming and delicately fragrant, the bouquet shows ripe strawberry, Gala apple, lemon peel and fresh fig aromas on the nose, leading to a finely expressed palate that’s juicy and refreshing. Attractively styled and delightfully drinkable.
The Snapper Rock brand gives a nod to New Zealand’s keen fishing culture and love of seafood. At ‘Snapper Rock’, they’ve crafted a range of exceptionally well made yet affordable New Zealand wines that truly express the unique terroir and maritime climate of New Zealand. Using fresh fruit driven styles of winemaking pioneered in the New World, they create wines that reflect the variety best suited to that region of New Zealand.
‘Snapper Rock’ is a Marlborough based winery with a vineyard in Hawke’s Bay, and a dedication to creating exceptional but approachable wines for the New Zealand public. The name “Snapper Rock” is an homage to New Zealand’s keen fishing culture and love for Seafood – the spot ‘Snappers Rock’ is a keen fishing spot for locals. The Snapper Rock philosophy is to create wines that capture New Zealand’s unique terroir, personality and style in their wines – a feat we think we have achieved in spades.
New Zealand is special and so are the ‘Snapper Rock’ wines. The magical combo of soil, climate, water and a dedication to creating unique and expressive wines is at the forefront of what they do. Using fresh fruit driven styles of winemaking pioneered in the New World, they create wines that reflect the variety best suited to that region of New Zealand. They are best enjoyed with good food, great company, a setting sun and an open fire. If you visit them in Marlborough, why not ask to be taken fishing at Snapper Rock. The ‘Snapper Rock Pinot Noir’ is basically known as the house Pinot Noir as Specialist Cellars with a pleasing palate to anyone who samples it.
The outstanding Sparkling Methode traditionale is a drop we implore anyone to try if they can. Redcurrant colour, cranberry aromas, spiced wild strawberries, creamy brioche palate, deliciously textural.
For more information on Snapper Rock and their wines, visit their website.
Marlborough Wine Region is New Zealand’s largest and most famed wine region. Early successes with the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc varietal range far and wide, landing NZ on the international wine map. With vintners interest in varied terroir and varieties escalating the recognition of the region globally adding fuel to the fire. Soon enough winemakers took to the cooler sub-regions of Southern Valley’s and Awatere.
Back in the 1980s as an understanding of the regions potential slowly unfurled, farmers and foresters alike made a switch. The switch was to viticulture and the industry blossomed.
Marlborough’s Wine Region Conditions
Resting to the east at the tip of the South Island, Marlboroughs enjoys long drawn out daylight hours. This is coupled with a clear, cool atmosphere at night. This union results in a long, leisurely ripening period. Greatly contributing to the grapes intensified flavours while the chill of the night retains the acidity levels.
Consisting of the three sub-regions; Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley and the Southern Valley’s. Marlborough has a diversified range of terroirs, allowing for impressive variation in style, minerality, and flavour. As the name suggests, the Southern Valleys sit south of the Wairau Valleys and houses the Omaka and Fairhall. As well as Brancott, Ben Morven and Waihopai valleys – Marlborough’s original sites.
The southern location of these valleys and the soils relatively heavier clay content is a key factor in its wine product. The clay gives the ability to produce a diverse range of wines.
Enjoying the slightly warmer north of the region, the Wairau Valleys sit more inland. It benefits from the Wairau River running through. This decreases the need and frequency of irrigation.
Soil Profiles and Notes
With each of the sites here having varying soil profiles consisting of alluvial gravel, wind borne loess and greywacke. Each vineyard will produce a unique wine, with flavour inherited from its unique soil composition. Although it must be noted, no matter how far a style strays, its intensity remains. The rich fruit intensity that’s a hallmark of the region can always be found.
Close to the Coast lies Awatere, arguably Marlborough’s most distinctive sub-region. The windier and cool location means the vines have a lower yield. This means the wines produced have an incredibly distinctive character as each abstraction and variation isn’t diluted.
The Herbaceous and flinty minerality truly reflect the sub-regions unique Terroir. While the good aromatics one can find stem from a decrease in the vigour of the vines.
As the New Zealand’s Wine Industries largest wine region it houses around 77% of the countries vines. It also produces over 75% of the Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough has an upward trajectory and an exciting future.