Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2016

The rosé wine category has grown enormously over the past few years. As with any style, there are trends, some driven by consumers, others by producers. It is said there is an increasing preference for paler, dry and less obviously fruity styles as made in southern France, but I’m not sure where this predilection comes from. As a wine critic, as with wine judging, one must accept different styles and be objective in making assessments. So the darkness or paleness of colour is allowed to vary, as is the degree of fruit expression, and the degree of sweetness, as long as it is balanced by the acidity and phenolics to result in a thirst-quenching nature. What is essential and core to the style is that a rosé wine be refreshing, showing genuine fruitiness, and not confected to be artificial. Some confectionary characters can be tolerated, especially if they enhance the fruitiness.

Charles Wiffen joined the rosé wine scene recently, with their 2013 vintage. Sales initially took a little while to grow, so the second release was the 2015. Now comes the 2016 vintage. Clearly, rosé is proving to be a success! Bec Wiffen reports that it was made with the addition of a small amount of Pinot Gris to make the wine more pale in colour to fulfil consumer preferences! I review the new wine here.


  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2016

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