The Astrolabe Comelybank Vineyard Pinot Rosé is made from pinot noir and pinot gris grapes from a single vineyard in the Waihopai valley. Jeff and Vanessa Hammond grew the grapes for this wine at their vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys wine region.
I did a fast ferment for the rosé, with a high level of grape solids and a warm temperature, to create a complex aroma and reduce the dominance of the varietal fruit. It is savoury, textural and very dry.
What sets my rosé apart is the use of mainly pinot noir fruit. It is a complex wine that is more European in styling. I choose to craft a wine with more body and weight than your usual rose while also keeping it very dry. This wine is defined by its fruit concentration and complexity.
Simon Waghorn — Winemaker
Pale peach blush.
Wild strawberry, rhubarb crème brûlée, bottled stone fruit and old rose petals.
Full-bodied, dry wine with round, mouth-filling flavours of strawberry conserve, peach and spice.
Best enjoyed when young and fresh but has the potential to age gracefully.
Excellent as an aperitif or with charcuterie, prawn cocktail, grilled halloumi and blistered shishito or Padrón peppers.
ROSÉ SERVING TEMPERATURE
"The classy 2019 vintage was grown in the lower Waihopai Valley. A blend of Pinot Noir (85 per cent) and Pinot Gris (15 per cent), it is a bright, light pink, very fragrant and fleshy wine, with strong peach, strawberry and spice flavours, and a smooth, fully dry finish. Delicious young.”
New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2020
"Distinctive, fruity, familiar and refreshing aromatics with sweet cherry and cranberry, rose, strawberry and red apple skin. Equally vibrant on the palate with a lively acidity contrasted by fresh red fruit and berry flavours. Tense, crisp, crunchy and refreshing. Great reflection of an excellent vintage and wine-making. Drink upon purchase and through 2022." JUN 20
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
Sustainably certified SWNZ