Riverby Estate Rose 2014
This is the very first Riverby Estate Rose. It is unusual for New Zealand in that it is an almost equal blend of Syrah and Pinot Noir, which gives it impressive elegance and complexity. It is also unusual being quite low in alcohol at only 11%, quite dry, and very pale in colour, making it very European in style.
The 2014 vintage was an ideal one for Rose in Marlborough as the grapes were able to ripen perfectly and remained in pristine condition. The grapes were harvested in the cool of the evening to retain freshness. They were then crushed, destemmed and given a brief cold soak to extract some colour from the skins.
This is a very pretty, pale salmon coloured Rose. It has delicate floral aromas with red cherries and a strawberries and cream top note. On the palate it has lovely texture, crisp acidity, and appealing traces of cherries, strawberries and spices. It is a medium bodied, quite dry wine , very elegant and refined, with great balance and soft tannins. The long, lingering, spicy finish is particularly appealing.
Because it is made solely from red grapes and made in a dry style it will prove an ideal match for many food dishes and should age gracefully for several years.
Alcohol: 10.7% Acidity: 6.3 PH: 3.21 Residual Sugar: 4.3 g/l
"A lovely dry style showing lifted aromas of strawberry, floral, citrus and white peach, which lead to a vibrant palate that delivers juicy mouthfeel, backed by silky texture and bright acidity. This blend of 50% syrah and 50% pinot noir offers elegance as well as great drinkability. At its best: now to 2017. **** 90/100 "
Sam Kim Wine Orbit December 2014
"The first release of a rosé. 50% Syrah and 50% Pinot Noir from the 'Riverby' vineyard, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 10.7% alc. and 4 g/L RS. Bright candyfloss pink with youthful purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is fresh with delicate aromas of strawberry fruit and red florals and subtle nuances of fruit pastille confectionary. Dry to taste and light-bodied, the fruit expression is soft and delicate. Strawberries, watermelon and red floral flavours are interwoven with confectionary nuances. The mouthfeel is soft-textured with thirst-quenching phenolics and lacy and lively acidity. The palate is well-balanced and carries positively to a light, spicy Syrah fruited finish. This is a light, dry rosé with delicate strawberry and fruit pastille flavours and a soft, dry texture. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 18 months to 2 years. "
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews 2015