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.
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Indian Summer Rosé 2021, Hawke’s BayRosé from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 01-Dec-2021Bright, pale peach pink, even colour throughout. The nose is elegant and softly aromatic, yellow stonefruit melded with red berries and delicate floral. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, creamy lees accompanied by nectarine, peach, red berries, and delicate peach blossom, a subtle hint of spice linger to a clean finish. The fruit is ripe and subtly in the background, well-proportioned and soft. Balanced, lively acidity carries powdery phenolics, adding a silky veil. This is an elegant, dry refreshing rosé with a fine texture. Serve as an aperitif or match with Prosciutto wrapped melon over the next 2 years. A blend of 66% Merlot, 18% Pinot Gris and 16% Viognier, machine picked, minimal skin contact, inoculated and fermented to 12.5% alc, 5 g/l RS, sat on light lees for a short time. 18.5-/20 pts (92 pts) Dec 2021 RRP $21.99
Indian Summer Private Blend Rosé 2021, Hawke’s BayRosé from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 01-Dec-2021Bright, even pale peach-pink. The nose is elegantly expressive, led by spice lifting, red blossom and rose petal, interweave red berries, stonefruit, apple and pear aromas. Medium-light bodied, elegantly presented on the palate, dry to taste, rose water entwined with red berries, pear and a hint of stonefruit, unfolding red blossom and refined spice. There is a good concentration of fruit with intensity presented with refinement and subtleties. The mouthfeel is silky, contributed by fine-textured phenolics, linger with a pristine, lively acid line, persisting to a sustained finish. This is a refined, elegant dry rosé with lovely intensity and fine-textured. Serve as an aperitif or match with cured salmon with horseradish cream over the next 3 years. A blend of 55% Merlot, 17% Cinsault, 13.5% Pinot Gris, 10.5% Viognier and 4% Grenache, the Cinsault and Grenache were fermented separately in large format older barrels, left on lees for 6 months, 12.5% alc, 3 g/l RS. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Dec 2021 RRP $26.99