* Review sample provided by the winery
Hawk Haven Vineyard 2019 Malbec-Syrah Rose Pet-Nat
This pét-nat, short for pétillant-naturel, which is also known as méthode ancestrale, was made with malbec and syrah grapes grown in New Jersey's new Cape May Peninsula AVA, established in 2018.
There is a faintly yeasty overtone to the pretty, floral nose that also shows notes of strawberry and pear, but is still somewhat reserved.
More pear and strawberry fruit leads the way on a brisk, bone-dry palate that is lighter-bodied and supported by gentle carbonation. As it warms just a bit, some lime and membrillo notes emerge along with a subtle creamy vanilla note.
The grapes were picked early specifically for rose (not saignee), and I think that comes through in the acidic backbone and delicate flavor profile.