Sherwood Estate 'Stoney Range' Rose 2018 (Waipara Valley, New Zealand) "red berry, herbs, strawberry..."
"Bright peach-pink colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a light nose with a piquant core with soft red berry fruits and red florals, along with a little nuttiness, herbs and nuances of smoke. The fruit unfolds savoury and sour floral, earth and herb elements, revealing lifted florals. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a core of bright, light red berry fruits with savoury floral notes. An earthy layer unfolds, to show good palate depth and flavour, which flow with good freshness and energy along a light-textured palate line with delicate, juicy acidity. The wine carries to a lingering finish of savoury strawberries. This is a dry rosé with a core of savoury florals and light-red berry fruit along with earthy layers on a fresh palate with juiciness. Serve with antipasto and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit from the company’s ‘Pilgrim’, ‘Glasnevin’, Terraces’, ‘Georges Road’, ‘Stirling’ and ‘Church Road’ vineyards given 2 days skin contact cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 2.8 g/l RS, the wine aged 7 months on lees." - 16.5/20, Raymond Chan