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Clearview Estate Rose Voted Best At Charity Unveiling

Clearview Estate has released the 2010 vintage of its coveted Black Reef Blush. The rosé style wine was officially launched at the HOT PINK Charity event at the HB Opera House last Friday by owners Helma van den Berg & Tim Turvey helped by Lisa Clarke and Kelly Smith. Ten other rosé producing HB wineries were at the event supporting the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

From feedback on the night the Blush was unofficially voted the best rosé amongst the group. Black Reef Blush has a distinguished pedigree with previous vintages winning GOLD medals at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Tim Turvey said that “the ‘09 Blush was so popular we couldn’t keep up with demand and it sold out in five months”.

Winemakers Tim Turvey and Barry Riwai proudly stated “This is one of the few purpose built rosés in the country, as most are by-products of red winemaking.”

The wine is made with Bordeaux varieties and Chambourcin , a grape variety, which is a French hybrid rarely planted in NZ. Tim said “ we planted our Chambourcin vines back in 1988, but in New Zealand nobody’s heard of it. Chambourcin makes a fantastic rosé and it’s what gives our Blush its unique character!”

Black Reef Blush is a complex off-dry styled rosé that fills the mouth with an array of blackberry, cherry and spice flavours that are balanced by a lovely tangy raspberry character and a long, refreshing finish.

The Chambourcin grape’s characteristic red fruit sweetness is largely supported by Merlot. The Chambourcin grapes were gently pressed, while other varieties were given limited skin contact. The wine was then cool fermented and bottled early to safeguard the vibrant berryfruit characters.

Tim suggests enjoying the Blush with salmon tartare, fresh asparagus and a leaf salad drizzled with a balsamic dressing made with HB extra virgin olive oil.

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