2023 Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé
Colour / Appearance: Pale salmon-pink colour.
Aroma / Bouquet: Fresh and vibrant with Summer berry, floral aromas and gentle spicy notes.
Palate: Light to medium bodied, this wine bursts with pure, juicy Summer fruit flavours of strawberry, raspberry and watermelon. There is a touch of spice in support. The wine is deliciously fresh and flavoursome, and has a dry, persistent finish.
Cellaring: Although delicious to drink now, this wine should age gracefully for another 2-3 years if cellared carefully. Serve lightly chilled.
Food Match: This is a dry Rosé suited to pairing with food. Try serving with smoked fish, pâtés, or fresh green salads.
Serve: Lightly chilled.
Residual Sugar: 1.1 g/L
Titratable Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Grape Growing: This Pinot Noir Rosé is sourced from two estate grown vineyards - 23% from Pauls Road (Rapaura) and 77% from Little Alfred (Southern Valleys). The vines were trained to a mixture of 2 cane and spur pruned vertical shoot position design. Throughout the growing season the vines were thoughtfully managed, with open canopies and prudent crop thinning helping to create fully ripe, clean fruit come harvest time.
Climate: Similar to the previous season, the 2023 growing season started with soil moisture at capacity following a wet winter. Flowering conditions in November and December were not even across Marlborough with some sub-regions achieving a good set and crop load and others below average set. Vigilance around disease pressure was paramount, with regular rain events through the season and unusual humidity and warm nights through much of December and January. Day time temperatures were not warm, delaying the vine’s physiological advancement. Marlborough breathed a sigh of relief as cyclone Gabrielle minimally impacted the region in February, while wreaking havoc through much of the North Island. The season turned a corner for Marlborough in early March with a return to cool nights and sunnier conditions allowing us to delay harvest for as long as possible, resulting in fruit that reached good sugar levels with attractive flavours, while disease levels remained low and manageable. Fruit condition remained very good through until the end of harvest.
Harvest Date: Multiple pick dates from the 14thof of March to 1st of April 2023
Winemaking: The fruit was machine-harvested, destemmed, and pressed at the winery to ensure the desired level of colour and flavour extraction. Using only the early ‘free run’ juice, fermentation was at cool temperatures with selected yeast to create a wine with pure fruit flavours and freshness.
- Aromas of strawberry and red apple, papaya and apricot lead to a palate of the same with a vibrant youthful texture from acidity and contrasting satin fruit mouthfeel. Well made, new and fresh, a wine for summer 2023 and 2024. Cameron Douglas, MS, NZ, 92/100 Pts.
- Bright, pale blush pink, even colour throughout. The nose is intense and vibrant with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, rose petals and lily. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, aromas of raspberry and strawberry melded with a hint of cream, rose petals and lily. Mouth-watering acidity provides good energy and drives to a crisp, fragranced finish. This dry Pinot Noir Rosé is crisp and generous, packed with red fruit on a creamy, delicate palate. Serve as an aperitif or match with sushi Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, 18.5/20 pts (93 pts).
- Lightly-tinted rosé that is dry and flavoursome with lime, raspberry and slightly green strawberry characters. Good food wine with tangy, mouth-watering acidity helping to drive a lengthy finish. Bob Campbell, 91/100, Sept 2022.
- A perfumed floral nose of rose, violet, sliced strawberries and lemon peel. Medium-bodied with salty mineral notes. Creamy texture and red berry character. Simple and easygoing. Sustainable. Vegan. Drink now. Screw cap. James Suckling, Sept 2022
For a young wine, 2022 is the best Whitehaven Rosé ever made, and it pushes the boundaries of pale colour and dryness, providing a surprising depth of flavour in such a light-hued pink wine. Winemaker Peter Jackson (not the film guy) gave the grapes minimum skin contact, which is where the light colour comes from, but he has somehow coaxed maximum flavour from the grapes, all Pinot Noir, as in most New Zealand pink wines. Lively, lovely and dangerously drinkable. Graze with: Goat’s chevre with honey with seed crackers. Dine with: Goat’s cheese tart with slow-roasted tomatoes, pine nuts, and caramelised onion. Joelle Thomson, Jan 2023, 18.5/20 Pts.
- Super pale in colour with fabulous aromatics, the wine shows raspberry, red apple, nectarine and white floral nuances on the nose, leading to a finely focused palate offering pristine fruit flavours with bright acidity, finishing lingering with charming flavours. Sam Kim, 93/100 Pts, 5 stars
- Cuisine Tasting 2022, 4 stars
- Michael Cooper, NZ, 4 stars