The eagerly awaited 2019 Waipara Hills Pinot Noir Rosé has been released. The 2018 vintage won four trophies and was described on the awards circuit as the ‘hottest Rosé on the market.’ This was snapped up quickly by punters who recognised its quality, and it subsequently sold out.
The 2018 vintage set the bar high, but the 2019 Waipara Hills Pinot Noir Rosé has risen to the occasion. Stylistically the two vintages are similar, with 2019 nudging ahead on complexity.
Wet weather during flowering meant the crop size was smaller, increasing concentration of the fruit. The Summer and warm Autumn that followed ripened the fruit beautifully, and this year the weather over harvest was kind, ensuring the fruit that came in was pristine.
The majority of grapes came from the Home Block vineyard that sits just behind the Waipara Hills Cellar Door, and the Deans vineyard a little further down the road and by the Waipara River.
Andrew Brown, Waipara Hills winemaker said ‘we are able to retain great acid in the fruit from these sites, particularly in the 10/5 Clone of Pinot Noir which makes up 60% of the blend. This imparts a lively crunch on the palate which is what we were gunning for stylistically.’
Gentle red berries lead the way to a textured and mineralic palate that is balanced with crisp acidity.
‘This Rosé is crisp, bright and juicy. I can’t wait for the arrival of barbeque weather so I can sit outside to enjoy this blushing pink beauty,’ said Andrew.