The newly released 2017 Estate Rosé has been awarded a gold medal at the 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show, much to the delight of winemaker Alex Roper.

“We’re absolutely thrilled,” he said. “This is a great result and speaks to the quality of our Rosé throughout the entire winemaking process.”

The release of the 2017 Estate Rosé was timed to coincide with the warming weather and summer just around the corner. Due to the extremely warm summer of 2017/2018, the red grapes developed ripe and intense flavours and aromas. The fruit for this wine was specifically targeted for Rosé production, picked at optimal ripeness from premium Hawke’s Bay vineyards.

“A unique blend of Malbec, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc went into this wine to give it a complex bouquet and attractive pale pink hue,” explained Roper.

The Rosé category is showing exceptional growth, up 58 percent in value from the previous year and popularity of the varietal even further.