Terra Sancta Jackson’s Block Pinot Noir 2016, Central Otago, NZD $49.95
Terra Sancta Special Release First Vines Pinot Noir Rosé 2017, Central Otago, NZD $49.95
Rosé is on a roll, according to a number of wine retailers. It is probably no coincidence that the wines are also better than ever with a wider range of styles than I’ve previously encountered.
Bannockburn in Central Otago has been described as the region’s “pinot noir sweet spot.”
Terra Sancta Slapjack Block Pinot Noir 2015, Central Otago, NZD $87.95
Terra Sancta Shingle Beach Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, NZD $48.95
Terra Sancta Slapjack Block Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, NZD $79.95
Terra Sancta Lola’s Block Pinot Gris 2015, Central Otago, NZD $27.45
I’ve just finished a tasting of over 80 mostly NZ Rosé samples plus a handful from France, Australia and Spain. At its best Rosé can be terrific, especially when served well chilled with smoked salmon and a crunchy salad on a balmy summer day. At worst Rosé is insipid, confected and sometimes slightly bitter wine. There’s a big gap between those two extremes.