Waiana Estate ‘Indian Summer’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018


‘Indian Summer’ is a rosé wine brand of Waiana Estate, the Plowman family’s foray into making authentic Provencal-style wines. The Plowmans have 5.26 ha of vines on their 25 ha Tukituki Valley estate, planted mainly to Merlot and Malbec in 2000, but have Cinsault and Grenache coming on stream. Their first rosé vintage was in 2013. This time last year, I reviewed the 2017 vintage, made from 100% Merlot, and I thought it very Provencal-like (click here to see the review). The vineyard is tended by Dave Werry, and the wines are made by Dave McKee of Black Barn. This year’s ‘Indian Summer’ is a Pinot Gris and Merlot blend. Nicholas Plowman tells me there are two other 2018 rosé blends yet to be released, which can be seen on their website, these being a ‘Summer Sault’, based on Cinsault, and an ‘Indian Summer Private Blend’ incorporating extended lees contact and barrel maturation. Here, I review the newly released 2018 ‘Indian Summer’ Rosé. www.indian-summer.co.nz


  • Waiana Estate ‘Indian Summer’ Tukituki Valley Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

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