Top 6 Rosé
2020 Rosés are absolutely stunning!
Fruit harvested during the COVID-19 lockdown under straight restrictions, difficult times; however grapes quality made up for the difficulties the industry faced. Marlborough had great harvesting conditions: fantastic weather, clean and beautiful fruit. The growing season had beautiful conditions, with a long dry season, slightly cooler towards the end, resulting in a slightly longer hang time to develop maximum flavours in grapes, definitely a vintage to remember.
The price point of the Top 6 Rosé is very affordable with Coal Pit Rosé at $31 being the highest of all.
Rosé is usually fermented and aged in stainless steel in this part of the world, to retain the pure fruit characters. Five of the Top 6 are made from Pinot Noir, they are all refreshing, well-balanced dry rosé with a depth of flavour and concentration.
Indian Summer Private Blend Rosé 2020 from Hawkes Bay is the only wine made from Provence varieties, a blend of Grenache and Cinsault and aged in older barrels for 6 months.
Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Rosé 2020 was the only one partly aged in concert egg to create a subtle and smooth texture.
Hope you enjoy some of my Top 6 Rosé over the summer!
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Mahi Rosé 2020, MarlboroughRosé from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 18-Nov-2020Bright, pale salmon-pink with a rose-gold hue, even colour throughout. The nose is full and vibrant, nuances of strawberries, watermelon, intermix fresh herbs and a floral overtone. Dry to taste, medium-light bodied, vibrant aromas of strawberries, raspberries form an elegant core, interweave subtle fresh herbs of dill and oregano. Charming spices fill the palate along with floral fragrances. The silky fine-textured palate flows with great energy with the support of lively acidity, and zesty citrus spices lend an elegant, styled finish. This is a stylish and sleek dry rosé with pure fruit expression, immaculate details and concentration on a silky, refined palate. Match with salmon gravlax and white fish over the next 2-3 years. 100% Pinot Noir from a single vineyard in Wairau Valley, picked purposely for rosé from low-cropping vines. Immediately pressed juice to minimise time on skins, cool-fermented to 12.9% alc, 1 g/l RS. Vegan friendly. 18.5+/20 pts (94 pts) Nov 2020 RRP $24.9
Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Rosé 2020, MarlboroughRosé from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 19-Aug-2020Bright, light salmon-pink with a tinge of rose-gold, even throughout. The bouquet is elegant with subtleties of flower petals, honeydew melon, cranberries and fresh oregano. Light-bodied, dry to taste, amalgam flavours of watermelon, honeydew melon, cranberries, sherbet, melded with wild herbs and green peppercorn. The fruit flavours are well-proportioned with sweet and sour fruit, pure and vibrant; balanced lacy acidity flows with vitality, unveiling deep fragrances of flower petals, wild herbs, sea salt to linearity. The mouthfeel is smooth and light with vibrancy, a light note of green peppercorn is lifting and appealing. This is a light, and crisp dry rose with attractive fruit flavours, balanced acidity and freshness, lingers with subtle floral, herbs and sea salt. Serve as an aperitif over the next 2-3 years. Fermented cold to 12.5% alc, 1.3 g/l RS. Aged for 10 weeks in stainless steel and concrete egg. 18.5/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $24
Coal Pit Pinot Noir Rosé 2020, Central OtagoRosé from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 06-Nov-2020Brilliant, salmon-pink with a rose-gold hue, even throughout. Bright and fresh nose of well-packed nuances of fresh strawberries, cherries, melded with subtle herbs and pepper berries. Medium-light bodied, dry to taste, the freshness of strawberries and cherries rushing through, along with poached rhubarb with supporting acidity. The fruit is succulent with lively acidity, refreshing to taste. Subtleties of green herbs and pepper berries amplified on the palate added depth, linger to a dry and thirst-quenching finish. The wine has an exquisite, pure fine-textured line, complimenting the pristine primary fruit characters. This is an elegant, dry Pinot Noir rosé with flavours of strawberries, cherries enlivened by fresh herbs and pepper berries details on a fine-textured palate. Match with salmon gravlax and beetroot salad over the next 2 years. The fruit is from Gibbston sub-region, young vines, fermented in stainless steel to 13.5% alc, 2 g/l RS. 418 cases produced. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Nov 2020 RRP $31
Greystone Organic Rosé 2020, WaiparaRosé from New Zealand - Canterbury & WaiparaReview Date : 17-Aug-2020Bright, even, light summer-sunset-pink. The nose is fresh and vibrant with good intensity aromas of watermelon, red berries, fresh herbs and deep florals. Medium-light bodied, aromas of wild red berries, refreshing watermelon, lime, entwined with fresh herbs, rose petals, subtle creaminess and crunchy minerals. The mouthfeel is ethereally smooth-flowing, creamy without being weighty; balanced by mouthwatering acidity, carries mineral element and freshness to linearity. The fruit is fresh and crispy, full of vibrancy with good acid balance. This is an easy-drinking rosé with vibrant red fruit, and intricate detail of fresh herbs, rose petals and mineral detail on a super-smooth, light-flowing texture line. Serve as an aperitif and cured meat charcuteries over the next 2-3 years. Fermented in stainless steel to 13% alc, 3 months on lees. Organic certified, vegan friendly. 18.5/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $25
Indian summer Private Blend Rosé 2020, Hawke’s BayRosé from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 15-Oct-2020Bright, pale salmon, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is gently-soft, pretty with fragrant florals, melded with aromatic red fruit, watermelon and citrus. Light-bodied, soft and perfumed aromas of watermelon, raspberries, tangerine are well-proportioned, underlay delicate florals and a fine dusting of spices penetrating on the finish. The wine is refreshing with subtle fruit and floral aromas balanced by fresh and lacy acidity, flows on an elegant fine-textured phenolic line. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing, carries subtle prickly spices flow to a crisp, dry finish. This is an elegant, dry rosé with balanced flavours of watermelon, raspberries and citrus on a smooth-flowing fine-textured palate. Serve as aperitif or match with seafood platter over the next 2 years. A blend of Grenache and Cinsault, fermented to 12.5% alc. Aged in older barrels for 6 months. Vegan friendly. 100 dozens produced. 18.5/20 pts Pct 2020 RRP $26.99
Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Rosé 2020, MarlboroughRosé from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 13-Oct-2020Bright, light rose-gold with a salmon hue, faintly lighter on edge. The nose is soft and elegantly presented, nuances of peaches, nectarines, strawberries underlying creaminess and flower petals. Dry to taste, medium-light bodied, the palate is bright and fresh with aromas of peaches and nectarines, interwoven freshly squeezed lime, strawberries and rose petals. The palate is smooth-flowing on a lightly creamy line, just enough roundness to keep it fresh. The fruit is just ripe with excellent flavour intensity and freshness, a light note of peppery spice is lifted on the finish. This is an elegant rosé with balanced fruit and fresh acidity, displaying bright stonefruit, strawberries and cream with flower petals detail. Serve as an aperitif and pork katsu over the next 2-3 years. A blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, selected parcels extended skin contact for 12 hours. Cool fermented to 13% alc. 18.5/20 pts Oct 2020 RRP $18.99