Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay

rose (merlot)

This wine is from sites all over the Hawkes Bay region with each of them bringing their own characteristics to the finished wine. The vines are grown on shingle soils and managed intensively with both shoot and bunch thinning the norm.


The juice for this wine is given a brief period of skin contact to extract the necessary colour, before being drained from the skins and fermented as a white wine. The fermentation is conducted at cool temperatures to retain the vibrant red fruit flavours always found in our Esk Valley Merlot Rosé. The ferment is stopped when almost dry, leaving a small quantity of residual sugar to balance the finished wine. 


This dry style Rosé is widely regarded as New Zealand’s premium Rosé, having won many awards over the years since its first vintage in 1991. It is excellent with most foods or as an apéritif. Aromas of strawberry and red fruits predominate while a hint of spice from the inclusion of a small percentage of Malbec and Syrah which adds complexity. The wine is full bodied with excellent acidity and freshness. Serve chilled.


Very versatile. Try with summer al fresco fare, smoked fish and meat, pork or white dishes. Great as an apéritif. 


Enjoy upon release or for up to two years following bottling. 

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