Poverty Bay Wine Estates produces first Rosé

Released on 16/10/2008

Poverty Bay Wine Estates Ltd has released the first Bridge Estate wine for nine years - a Rosé made from Merlot and Malbec grapes grown on the historic vineyard.

The 2008 Poverty Bay Estates ‘Riverpoint Rosé' will make its formal debut at the Gisborne Wine and Food Festival at Labour Weekend, ending a drought of production from the Bridge Estate vineyard, renowned for some of New Zealand's great Bordeaux-style red wines of the last 20 years.

Described by winemaker Anita Ewart-Croy as displaying "enticing aromas of cranberries, cherries and hints of sweet citrus blossom and cream" the Merlot-based 2008 Riverpoint Rosé finishes refreshingly with a touch of spice from the addition of Malbec.

Formerly owned by Matawhero Wines Ltd, the six acre Bridge Estate vineyard, known as New Zealand's own ‘little corner of Bordeaux' has recommenced production as of the 2008 vintage under the ownership of the Poverty Bay Wine Estates Ltd, owned by the Sorensen Family.

The vineyard contains the four classic Bordeaux varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec and again produced grapes of considerable finesse for the 2008 vintage, reflected in the latest Riverpoint Rosé which is one of the few ‘Old Vines' Rosés on the market.

The Rosé will be followed later next year by the first production of the full Bordeaux blend since the last vintage produced by Matawhero's Denis Irwin in l999.

Named after the old steel-arched Matawhero Bridge, which was the original southbound crossing point over the Waipaoa River, but now lies disused across the road from the vineyard, the Bridge Estate Bordeaux blend has been described over the years as possessing "a structure as solid as the bridge it was named after".

A replanting programme has taken place to bring the vineyard back to full health, with additional plantings of Malbec and Cabernet Franc to ensure flexibility in selecting varieties for blending purposes.

Poverty Bay has purchased the Bridge Estate label and name and will continue that label for its premium wine, while introducing several other wines, including the Rosé, under the Poverty Bay label.

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