Producer: Hawk Haven Vineyard
 Cape May Peninsula
ABV: 12.1%
Grapes: Malbec and syrah
Price: $30*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Hawk Haven Vineyard 2019 Malbec-Syrah Rose Pet-Nat

87 points

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.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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