Ata Rangi Rose 2016
I was talking to (or at, perhaps) Ata Rangi’s winemaker Helen Masters the other day, about the parlous state of New Zealand’s rosé wines. Helen let me know they made one too. Imagine my surprise! “Is it gross – an afterthought – or a proper one?”, I asked. Anyway, here it is. It’s Merlot from Craggy Range, portions of Ata Rangi Syrah, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.
Fresh and juicy with red berries and redcurrant, a light and spicy perfume leading onto a soft and supple mouthful of clean dry red fruit flavour, and a smattering of chalkiness on a nice long crisply ironed finish. It’s a lovely wine. A bit of complexity, but easy to smash too. 92 points. Gary Walsh, Wine Front.