We all know that New Zealand is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc but its Pinot Noir can be pretty fantastic! And here it is in summer form. Produced in Marlborough, in the northern part of the south island, this Rosé is a bit of a bargain – especially compared to Provence Rosé. It’s dry but fruity and refreshing. I like the use of Pinot Gris here too – it’s considered as a ‘blush’ grape but can make fabulously complex and aromatic white wines (this one is a good entry level) – which adds a bit of spicy richness to this Rosé.
So on the nose, a little bit of perfume: I could smell roses and violets, but the main aromas are ripe strawberries and juicy redcurrants. On the palate, there’s more strawberries and redcurrants but something else beyond fresh berries – watermelon and white peach, the latter from the Pinot Gris maybe – and then a twist of black pepper at the end. Overall, it’s quite delicate and perfumed with a crisp clean finish. Rosé is a surprisingly versatile food wine; it complements summery salads but also pairs well with a spicy starter.
At a glance
- Style? Rosé
- Where is it from? Marlborough, New Zealand
- What’s the grape? 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Gris
- Tastes of? Strawberries, redcurrants and watermelon
- What food would complement it? We had it with Feta & Watermelon Salad