Indian Summer – Rosé Specialist


Have you tried Indian Summer Rosé? They are the only producer who uses Grenache & Cinsault to blend their rosés in NZ that I know of. Pale in colour, dry style, aiming to recreate a taste of Provence Rosé in the Hawke's Bay region.

Waiana Estate is the producer behind the Indian Summer brand, located at the borders of the Tukituki River in the Tukituki Valley in Hawkes Bay. The Polman family acquired the estate in 1993. The vineyards were established in 2000 in the 28 hectares property with Merlot and Malbec, and in 2006 more land was acquired and included Grenache and Cinsault plantings. The long, hot, dry summers and cool evenings are perfect for ripening these hardy varieties and retaining acidity.

The 'Indian Summer' is a blend of Viognier, Pinot Gris and Merlot, majority grown in the estate, very pale in colour, crisp and refreshing.

The 'Indian Summer Private Blend' is their premium blend, always including Grenache and Cinsault in the blend, and the wine sees a bit of barrel time and is left on lees to build texture and complexity.

Read my reviews of the vintage 2021 of both wines below.



  • Indian Summer Rosé 2021, Hawke’s Bay
  • Indian Summer Private Blend Rosé 2021, Hawke’s Bay

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