Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2015

The rosé renaissance has taken hold with the market growing every year. Wine growers and producers need to make increasingly better wines to meet the more demanding market. Black Barn’s winemaker Dave McKee knows that for the vast majority of people, including himself, rosé is about "a pleasant summer beverage that doesn’t require much dissection or thinking, and just to be enjoyed”. That’s as a consumer of course. However, as a winemaker and a judge, he knows the importance of taking care in all aspects of growing and vinification to get the balance correct to be refreshing. To make the Black Barn Rosé, the wine is purpose-made and not a drain-off from the red wine programme. Dave’s preferences are for early picking to ensure bright acidity for freshness and lower alcohols, to minimise the skin contact for a pale colour and keeping the tannin in check, and maintain freshness, while avoiding masking the wine’s componentry with sugar. Here, I review his latest effort.


  • Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2015

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