Friday, 12 April 2019 11:44

A deeper shade of Rosé

Written by  Joelle Thomson

Wairarapa winemaker Jannine Rickards released the first two vintages of her new wines, branded Huntress, late last year.

The wines are a 2017 Pinot Noir and a 2018 deep coloured Rosé. 

The Rosé is made from certified organic grapes grown in Gladstone, in the central Wairarapa, where she works full time as winemaker for Urlar Vineyard.

It breaks the mould in style and colour. 

The wine is bone dry but falls midway between being a pink wine and a Pinot Noir, in terms of style. 

“I thought it would be really nice to have a Rosé that’s a bit deeper in colour, totally dry and a different style than many out on the market now,” she says. 

The wine is labelled with original artwork depicting native New Zealand birds, drawn by Martinborough artists Dusty and Lulu. The 2017 Huntress Pinot Noir is the result of a cool vintage, which was a tricky one to start with for a Pinot, she says. 

“I don’t think I’ll come to a set way to make this wine. It will be what feels right in each season and what style of flavours the vintage gives me.”


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