Top 10 Rosé of vintage 2022
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The vintage 2022 was a fruitful vintage thanks to the warm spring; fruit set and berry quantities were above average, a satisfactory result since 2021 was a much smaller vintage. La Niña brought cooler and wetter weather to most parts of the country in February. Executive decisions were crucial, chosen before rain reduced the number of plump grapes; picking grapes after rain led to dilution and increased the risk of disease and rot. Covid peaked at harvest time, staff shortage and sickness added challenges to the mix. Central Otago had an exception of enjoying a drier and hotter summer under the La Nina influence, with perfect ripening conditions.
The Top 10 Rosé of vintage 2022 selection reflects the above; Central Otago shone and took seven places, one each from Waitaki, Martinborough and Hawke's Bay.
#1 & #2
Misha's Vineyard The Soloist Pinot Rosé 2022, Central Otago
The team at Misha's Vineyard have got it right once again! The Rosé 2021 was already a favourite; I'm not sure how they managed to top it off. Complex and alluring, also savoury and floral. The Pinot Noir grapes were destemmed and crushed, left on skins for 18 hours, the majority fermented in stainless steel and 15% in older oak to give it more depth and texture.
Trinity Hill Thomson's Block Rosé 2022, Hawke's Bay
The first vintage of this single vineyard range released from the Thomson's Block from Roy's Hill, using 100% Syrah, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented in stainless steel tank to start, then transferred to 500-litre French oak puncheons to finish. The intense fruit and structure of this wine are refined and impressive.
#3, #4 & #5
The Elder Rosé 2022, Martinborough
The Elder is a small producer on a river terrace along the White Rock Road overlooking the Te Muna terrace; only Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and an olive grove grow here. The cool-climate region provides a long, even, sunny growing season, combining the free-draining stony soils that result in naturally low-yielding crops with delicate yet concentrated flavour, and it's evident in the wine.
Q Rosé 2022, Waitaki Valley
The 59 hectares planted region of Waitaki is small but mighty. Vines grew on limestone bases spread through river gravels, with a comfortably hot and dry summer and a long, dry autumn, allowing a long hang time for grapes to develop and achieve ripeness. The La Nina weather system brought a cooler and more humid summer across Waitaki Valley, resulting in consistent and uniform grape yields with more intense fruit flavours. 10% of the grapes were fermented in oak barriques to add complexity and texture.
Penkridge Farm Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, Central Otago
PJ and Justine Davis are relatively new in the Central Otago wine scene, but their family goes back five generations growing up in Central Otago. The 4 hectares block at the foothill of the Pisa Range was planted in 2001-2003. In 2019, the vineyard began replanting resistant rootstock, improving irrigation and fertiliser practices, and now see fruition from this beautiful site. This Rosé is made from clone 10/5 and Abel, fermented in stainless steel to show off the purity of fruit and silky mouthfeel.
Rockburn Stolen Kiss 2022, Central Otago
Stolen Kiss is one of the most popular Rosé in the country, usually leaning towards an off-dry style with around 15 grams of residual sugar. Vintage 2022 sees a change of lower residual sugar with just 9 grams and hardly noticeable with the balanced, crisp acidity, emphasising the lush fruit and a creamy palate.
#7 & #8
Coal Pit Rosé 2022, Central Otago
Coal Pit Rosé is another popular Rosé with a great following, a boutique family vineyard, and the seven heactres of vineyard planted some of the oldest Pinot Noir in Gibbston. The wine is made by young winemaker Anika Wilner who joined the team for the 2018 vintage and has been the driving force behind the BioGro organic conversion; they will be fully certified later this year.
Te Pā Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, Marlborough
This sub $20 Rosé is hard to beat! One of the most solid, value-driven brands in the market. Generous in flavour, elegant and thirst quenching. Owner Haysley MacDonald is a direct descendant of a Maori ancestor who arrived 800 years ago. He and his family converted their dairy and crop farm into vineyards in 2003, and in 2011, te Pā was born. Te Pā is part of the world's first Māori winemakers collective, TUKU.
#9 & #10
(Due to availability, these two wines are not included in the Best Rosé tasting events.)
Three Miners Rocker Box Rosé 2022, Central Otago
Three Miners Vineyard is situated in Earnscleugh Valley, halfway between Alexandra and Clyde. The soil type is shallow, free-draining Molyneux sandy loam with some stony sand. Established in 2000 with just 4 hectares of vines, the vineyard is 15.5 hectares today. Matt Connell makes the wine. Yet to be released.
Carrick Organic Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, Canetral Otago
Situated on Cairnmuir Road in Bannockburn, Carrick Winery has been certified organic since 2008. Winemaker Rosie Menzies has been solely in charge since the vintage of 2020 and produces wine with purity and delicate texture. This Rosé has been very popular and almost sold out.
Read full reviews in expansions below.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Trinity Hill Thomson’s Block Rosé 2022, Hawke’s BayRosé from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 05-Oct-2022Bright, even, pale peach-pink colour. The nose is elegant, softly full, with aromas of raspberry, stonefruit and red berry melded with lifted floral and delicate spice. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, intense yet delicate aromas of raspberry, red berry interweaved plum, watermelon, magnolia and subtle white spice. A hint of savouriness lingers to a moreish, lengthy, dry finish. The mouthfeel is poised with refined, dusty minerals, supported by lacy acidity, and flows effortlessly with growing intensity. This dry, red-fruited Syrah Rosé shows well-portioned intense fruit with lacy acidity and features an elegant, textural, structured mouthfeel. Match with Hamachi sashimi and wagyu bresaola over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from Thomson's Vineyard in Roy's Hill, 100% Syrah, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented cool in stainless steel initially, then transferred to 500-litre French oak puncheons to complete fermentation, spent a short time on lees. 12.5% alc, 0.24 g/l RS. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) Oct 2022 RRP $39
Misha’s Vineyard The Soloist Pinot Rosé 2022, Central OtagoRosé from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 29-Nov-2022Bright, pale berry pink with depth, even colour throughout. The bouquet is enticing, with rich floral filled the glass melded with raspberry, pomegranate and spice. Medium-full bodied, dry to taste, aromas of raspberry and pomegranate interweaved rose petals, delicate spice and underlined mealy, savoury details. Creamy lees broadened the palate along with a powdery phenolic line, flowing effortlessly with fine, crunchy acidity to a lengthy finish. This is a broody, savoury, enticing Rosé with perfumed floral and spice on a creamy palate with a fresh red fruit backbone. Serve as an aperitif or match with venison carpaccio over the next 3 years. Pinot Noir grapes, destemmed and crushed, left on skins for an average of 18 hours, then pressed and cold-settled, fermented cool in stainless steel and 15% in older oak. 13.5% alc, 3 g/l RS. 19+/20 pts (96 pts) Nov 2022 RRP $30
The Elder Rosé 2022, MartinboroughRosé from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 17-Oct-2022Bright, even, pale peach pink. The nose is gently full and lifted with deep floral, cherry, strawberry and pomegranate. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, aromas of strawberry, cherry and pomegranate entwined with pepper and rose. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with supple fine phenolics, flows effortlessly with integrated, lively acidity, and lends a long spiced finish. This elegant, sleek Rosé shows depth of flavours with lifted aromatics on a textural, smooth palate. Serve as an aperitif or match with bresaola over the next 2-3 years. 13.5% alc. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Oct 2022 RRP $36
Q Rosé 2022, Waitaki ValleyRosé from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 13-Sep-2022Bright, pale salmon with some depth, even colour throughout. The nose is gentle, with fresh strawberry, cranberry, stonefruit, and sweet floral aromas. Medium-bodied, aromas of strawberry, cranberry and apricot possess sweet and tart balance, well-portioned floral lingers, and a light dusting of pepper. The fruit shows intensity and elegance with a taut acid line, sweetness balanced and flaunts with floral elements. Very fine chalky minerals contribute to a refined mouthfeel. This elegant Pinot Noir Rosé shows attractive fruit, lively acidity and a delicate chalky mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif or match with seafood over the next 3 years. Fermented in French oak barriques to 13.5% alc. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Sep 2022 RRP $33
Penkridge Farm Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, Central OtagoRosé from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 27-Sep-2022Bright, pale blush pink, even colour throughout. The nose is soft and fresh, with aromas of strawberry, candied cherry, raspberry and rose. Medium-light bodied, aromas of strawberry, raspberry and cherry are vivid, with a suggestion of confectionary, rose petals and a touch of cream. The fruit shows purity, vibrancy and concentration; subtle spice adorns the closing. Mouth-watering acidity balanced by a touch of sweetness and a creamy, silky mouthfeel. This enticing Pinot Noir Rosé is packed with succulent red fruit, rose and spice, and a juicy, elegant palate. Serve as an aperitif or match with antipasto over the next 3 years. Fruit from Pisa, clones 10/5 and Abel, destemmed, cold-macerated for 4 hours, fermented cool in stainless steel to 13.5% alc, 5 g/l RS. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Sep 2022 RRP $28
Rockburn Stolen Kiss 2022, Central OtagoRosé from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 30-Sep-2022Bright, even, pale blush pink. The nose is softly full, packed with raspberry, pear, white floral and a hint of spice. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, the wine is clean and refreshing with subtle floral and spice underlying pear, watermelon, and raspberry. The mouthfeel is crisp with a touch of creamy plushness; lively acidity flows elegantly with dusty phenolics. This is the driest Stolen Kiss to date, crisp and delicate with refreshing acidity, floral feature and a lush background of juicy fruit. Serve as an aperitif or match with sushi over the next 2-3 years. Fermented in stainless steel to 13.5% alc, 9 g/l RS. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Sep 2022 RRP $32
Coal Pit Rosé 2022, Central OtagoRosé from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 21-Oct-2022Bright, pale baby pink, even colour throughout. The nose is vibrant and softly fresh aromas of raspberry, watermelon and citrus melded with deep floral. Medium-light bodied, aromas of raspberry, citrus and watermelon entwined with blossom and delicate spice linger. Soft, dusty phenolics contribute to a silky mouthfeel along with well-portioned creaminess, flowing effortlessly with linear acidity. This ultimate summer Rosé is refreshing with delicate red fruit and a refined, silky palate. Serve as an aperitif or match with sushi over the next 2 years. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Oct 2022 RRP $38
Te Pa Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, MarlboroughRosé from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 30-Nov-2022Bright, even, pale salmon. The nose is full and expressive, packed with aromas of strawberry, raspberry sherbet and watermelon intertwined with rose petals and subtle spice. Medium-full bodied aromas of strawberry and raspberry sherbet intermixed citrus and watermelon, rose petals and a hint of white pepper. The acidity is lacy and thirst-quenching flows effortlessly with lightly textured phenolics lending a crisp finish. This generously flavoursome Rosé is packed with red fruit, rose petals and a refreshing palate. Serve as an aperitif or match with seafood platter over the next 2-3 years. 98% Pinot Noir, 2% Riesling, fermented cool to stainless steel tank to 13% alc, 1 g/l RS. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Nov 2022 RRP $19.99
Three Miners Rocker Box Rosé 2022, Central OtagoRosé from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 07-Dec-2022Bright, even, pale berry pink. The nose is full, white roses perfume and magnolia underpinning strawberry and raspberry. Medium-full bodied, aromas of strawberry and raspberry sherbet melded with subtle spice and an amalgam of rich floral. The mouthfeel is creamy and fresh with refreshing acidity; spice lingers and emphasises the finish. This refreshing Rosé is packed with juicy red fruit, spice and rich floral fragrances. Serve as an aperitif or match with antipasto over the next 2-3 years. 100% Pinot Noir, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented cool in tank to 13.6% alc, 3.63 g/l RS. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Dec 2022 RRP $28
Carrick Organic Pinot Noir Rosé 2022, Central OtagoRosé from New Zealand - Central Otago & WaitakiReview Date : 30-Sep-2022Bright, pale salmon, even colour throughout. The nose is gently full, penetrating aromas of red berry, raspberry, floral, and a suggestion of citrus. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, raspberry and red berry aromas melded with citrus pith, herb and blossom. The mouthfeel is smooth and fine-textured with dusty phenolics; creamy lees contribute plushness. This is a bone-dry, refreshing Pinot Noir Rosé with crisp acidity and an attractive, silky palate. Serve as an aperitif or match with sushi over the next 2-3 years. Fermented and aged in barrel on gross lees for 4 months, 13.5% alc, 2.12 g/l RS. 19/20 pts (95 pts) Sep 2022 RRP $28