Waiana Estate Indian Summer Private Blend Tukituki Valley Rosé 2020 $26.99

Pale jasper-pink, this new, vegan-friendly release of Waiana Estate’s flagship rosé is a superb example of how attention to detail and a no-compromise attitude can lead to special things. From their tiny, Tukituki Valley property behind Havelock North, the Plowman family have been specialising in rosé, Provençale-style rosé to be exact, for enough years to have cemented themselves as aristocrats, and this wine pushes the envelope beautifully. Blended from grenache and cinsault, the wine is left for a time on its yeast lees then matured in large oak puncheons for 6 months to add depth and character.  For a wine that looks so delicate, it has real muscle and palate presence. White peach, crushed seashell minerality, a whisker of watermelon, pink peppercorn and cherry notes make this a wine that’s elegant, superbly structured and a real treat.