Waiana Estate Indian Summer Tukituki Valley Rosé 2020$24
If you’re yearning for Provence, yet you’ll be happy with a kiwi kick, then you’ve come to the right cul-de-sac my friend. This, the shiny, new Indian Summer, is the primary rosé blend from Waiana Estate, in Hawke’s Bay’s Tukituki Valley. It’s a deliciously dry, taut, trout-pink mashup of what typically, could end up being pinot gris, viognier, cinsault and merlot. The wine is given extended time on its yeast lees by winemaker Dave McKee to add creamy complexity and flavour for days. It’s so refreshing it’s like the bottled version of the ice-bucket challenge, and yet there’s a stack of solid stonefruit and citrus which adds depth and satisfaction to every sip. It dances on the palate with more lock and pop than a Parris Goebel routine and that makes me a huge fan.