Wine Review: Opawa Rosé

Meaning “smoky river” in Maori, the Opawa vineyard is located on the old river bed of the historic Opawa River in Marlborough. While Marlborough is well known for producing some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it now has a growing reputation for producing some of New Zealand’s best Pinot Noirs too. What is surprising is just how distinct the Pinot Noirs grown in Marlborough are.

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The Opawa Rose

While we know the big fruity tropical flavours in the Sauvignon Blanc make this varietal very distinctive, we were blown away by just how much these similar flavours come through in completely different grape varieties like Pinot Noir. Made from Pinot Noir grapes picked in the cool of night, under the moonlight, to ensure these pristine flavours are perfectly preserved, delivering the highly aromatic flavours for which Marlborough is so highly reputed.

Bright light salmon colour with a charming and vivacious nose of strawberries, floral notes and spices, leading into a mouth filling, smooth palate. The finish is fresh, clean and refreshing. Opawa Rosé is a dry wine that is a perfect aperitif or accompaniment to fresh summer cuisine.

Remember to drink responsibly.