Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"This refreshing style Rose was made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, grown on our family owned vineyard. The vibrant pink colour resulted from a gentle whole bunch press. The juice was fermented in stainless steel to retain the varietal and fruit characteristics.
The wine shows delightful aromas of strawberry, peach and blossom with an abundance of pink grapefruit, sherbet and melon on the palate. A perfect summer aperitif and is best served chilled."
5 Stars & Number 1 Cuisine Rosé Tasting, January 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"The grapes for our top rosé were picked on 25 March – known to the rest of New Zealand as the first day of the COVID-19 lockdown. Uncertainty dogged these grapes throughout their lifecycle, as a cooler-thannormal summer in their Central Otago home meant a tricky growing season which was saved by ideal ripening conditions leading up to harvest. The handpicking was finalised on 3 April with this 100% pinot noir rosé undergoing a gentle whole-bunch press before fermentation in stainless steel and finally going into bottle in August, just a few weeks before it was tasted by our judges.
The Wooing Tree is a local Cromwell landmark that sits in the middle of the vineyard and historically was a place where locals would come to woo their intended. Apparently, it’s a good thing trees can’t talk as this one would have stories to tell! Although surrounded by vines these days The Wooing Tree is still a place to celebrate romance with many proposals and marriages happening under the branches of this beautiful natural monument to love.
There is no question that this rosé wooed the hearts and palates of our panel; the vibrant, attractive pale-pink colour immediately captivates your eyes and then keeps on enthralling the rest of your senses. Serious yet social with strawberry-seed and -leaf precision on the nose and beautiful, dry phenolic restrain. Smooth and juicy – an immaculate rosé that will keep you satisfied all through summer."
5 Stars, 95/100 & Number 1 Rated Rosé, Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, January 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Delicately-scented rosé with crushed strawberry, raspberry and rose petal flavours. Charming wine with a silken texture and seductive flavours. A ripper of a rosé."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"It's immediately appealing, showing apricot, watermelon, apple and subtle spice notes on the nose, followed by a flavoursome palate that's bright and refreshing. A splendidly styled rosé offering gorgeous juicy flavours for anytime drinking. At its best: now to 2022."