Waiana Estate Indian Summer Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019 $20

If you closed your eyes in the moment you lift the glass to your nose, you’d almost smell the Mediterranean Sea.  A hint of crushed oyster shells, splashed with watermelon, raspberry and the juice of wild cherries blended with pink peppercorns assails the senses.  Grown by the Plowman family (who dedicate their vineyard to growing rosé, the whole rosé and nothing but the rosé in the Tukituki Valley, just outside of Havelock North) and crafted by winemaker Dave McKee, each sip tastes like Provence with a kiwi kick.  Precision winemaking at its best here, and with every harvest the wine becomes more comfortable in its own skin, (a soft, ballet-shoe pink skin) and shows superbly balanced acidity with weight, florality and fruitiness.  Love it!