Welcome to Mt Rosa Wines

About us 

Mt Rosa was the original ram paddock for the 80,000 hectare Kawarau Station.  In 1999 wool prices were declining, sheep breeding and fattening got tough, so a call was made to get rid of the sheep and plant the first vines.  Turns out that was a good decision as the stony, schisty soils are great for growing grapes.  Mt Rosa is now a well-established single-estate vineyard, producing over five varietals of award-winning wines.  

 

Our Winemaker

Dean Shaw from Central Otago Wine Company has been with us from our very first vintage in 2002.  Like most young winemakers, Dean travelled overseas during our winters to make wine in Champagne, Burgundy, Alsace, Austria, Italy and South Africa.  Dean is passionate about wine and at every stop he was focused on learning more to be able to apply it to the varieties of Central Otago. 

 

The varietals

We planted our first grapes in 2000.  These were established Sauvignon Blanc vines from Felton Road which we harvested in 2001.  After that came Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.  To try something different, we planted Pinot Blanc and Gamay.

Mt Rosa Pinot Noir 2014
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Mt Rosa Pinot Noir 2014 tasting

Reviews

Mt Rosa Pinot Gris 2019

93/100 points 5 stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Gorgeous aromas of golden peach, poached pear and subtle spice lead to a wonderfully flavoursome palate that's succulent and plush. It's generous with silky mouthfeel and juicy fruit flavours, finishing long and delectable.

At its best: now to 2023. 

Mt Rosa Pinot Noir 2016

93/100 points 5 stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

It's gorgeously maturing and engaging on the nose showing sweet berry, thyme, smoked game and earthy mushroom aromas, followed by an elegantly weighted palate delivering layers of fine texture and silky tannins. Wonderfully harmonious and complex with a persistent spicy finish.

At its best: now to 2023. 

Mt Rosa Pinot Blanc 2019

91/100 points 4.5 stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Elegantly composed and expressed, the wine shows apricot, Gala apple, fig and lemon zest aromas, followed by a beautifully weighted palate that's generously textured and persistent. It's delightfully rounded and soothing with a lengthy expansive finish.

At its best: now to 2023. 

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