2015 TWR Rosé
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We have always loved Rosé and the 2015 vintage was our inaugural release of a wine made in this style. We wanted to make a Rosé that reflected a classic, dry, savoury style and was based on Pinot Noir. Our favourites are lighter in colour and deliciously dry, with lifted fruit, savoury undertones and ripe acid. With this 2015 release we were aiming for a style of Rosé that was fresh and floral and with great depth of flavour but in a lighter salmon pink colour. In keeping with our house style here at Te Whare Ra we wanted to make a wine that showed elegance and purity of fruit but one that also was fleshy and juicy with great texture and complexity.
The 2016 Rose has gorgeous lifted aromas of spring strawberry, and ripe raspberry and cherry with pretty floral notes. These follow onto flavours of fresh summer berries with cranberry & cherry plus hints of florals & spice. The fruit and floral notes are balanced by some very attractive savoury complexity and ripe juicy acid. This Rose is purposely made in dry savoury style, which combines vibrant fruit with texture and weight resulting in a delicious refreshing combination. We feel that this Rose is the perfect pairing for a summer picnic or barbecued anything! The growing season preceding the 2016 harvest was warmer and drier with very similar conditions to the 2015 harvest. This has resulted in very balanced wines with great fruit weight, lovely purity and ripe acidity. This 2016 Rose is drinking well now but will also develop with careful cellaring for 1-2 years.
Ryan Woodhouse K & L USA
I asked TWR if they would make a Rosé for us, and as per usual, they totally knocked it out of the park with this wine! Planning for this started in August 2014 when they selected specific blocks and pruned and managed them deliberately for making rosé. The destemmed Pinot Noir is given a short, gentle maceration on skins before spending some time on fine lees for added texture. As with all the TWR wines there is so much aromatic intensity here, with stunning purity of fruit and energy. Summer berries, strawberries and cream, with some toasted barley notes, spiced citrus peel and bramble leaf. Great texture and presence on the palate, and it finishes soft and dry. I can’t think of a wine that I plan on drinking more of this summer—period.