It is no secret that we are great fans of Two Rivers Rosé and we look forward to each new vintage release with anticipation to see how wine maker Dave Clouston has tweaked and developed the style. Dave is looking for a wine with a refreshing salty, briny character along with red summer fruits, Mediterranean herb flavours. He has succeeded brilliantly, with the 2021 an epitome of succulent, delicious refreshingness. This vintage will gain more and more fans, both locally and around the world.
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"Pale salmon in colour, this Mediterranean style rosé is savoury with fresh sea breeze aromas of rock salt and pink peppercorns, overlaying nuances of watermelon, nectarine and botanical notes of Jasmine. The zesty palate exudes orange peel, white peach and touches of coconut, rosehip and red liquorice. This elegant rosé is perfectly poised with a gravelly texture, delivering a thirst quenching, generous and dry finish.
Crops were significantly reduced due to early spring frosts and a cold, wet flowering period. Summer was incredibly dry and this lead to a very early harvest. The resulting fruit quality was outstanding and wines from the 2021 vintage might just be exceptional. Treated as a white wine in the cellar, this rosé was pressed off skins early and fermented cold in stainless steel to accentuate fruit purity. The wine was then aged on light yeast lees for two months to gain complexity and increase mouthfeel."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2021 Vintage)
"Grown at four sites in the Southern Valleys, the highly attractive 2021 vintage is a blend of multiple red and white varieties, tank-fermented and lees-aged for two months. Pale pink, it is invitingly scented, with an array of peach, strawberry, watermelon and spice flavours, showing excellent delicacy and vibrancy, and a dry (2.4 grams/litre of residual sugar), harmonious finish."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2021 (2021 Vintage)
"Exquisitely delicate and elegantly expressed with nectarine, crunchy apple and lemon peel aromas with a hint of sweet strawberry on the nose. The finely textured palate delivering light body and linear mouthfeel, well supported by crisp acidity. A gorgeous refined offering. At its best: now to 2024."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, July 2021 (2021 Vintage)
"Vibrant, pure, fresh and lifted floral bouquet with aromas of fresh red cherry, red apple skin, tropical fruit tea and rose perfume. Crisp, refreshing, salivating and dry on the palate with fruit flavours that reflect the nose, plenty of acidity and mouthwatering flavours, a light salty texture and balanced even finish. What’s not to like! Best drinking upon purchase and through end of summer 2023."
4 ½ Stars Yvonne Lorkin, Septmebr 2021 (2021 Vintage)
"Crafted from a smorgasbord of red and white grapes grown in four different vineyards across Marlborough’s Southern Valley’s sub-region, this ridiculously pretty, peachy pink, morganite-coloured rosé is snappy-dry and saturated in watermelon, wild raspberry, citrus peel punchiness on the palate."