A game changer, a dry, flavoursome rosé for a modest price from a South Island winery that over delivers in every wine it produces – 2018 Main Divide Rosé $20.99

I’ve never been a big fan of pink wine because it varies so much in style and it’s a minefield trying to explain that deeper coloured ‘pink’ wines often taste better and drier – thanks to containing tannin because they are often made from deeper coloured grapes (Merlot, Malbec, Mourvedre (aka Mataro) or hot climate Garnacha… or even from thin skinned grapes like Pinot Noir, which have been given longer maceration time on their skins, which extracts flavour and tannin as well as colour).

 

A note on colour… 

Colour doesn’t equate to dryness or lack of dryness

Colour can suggest intensity of flavour – or lack of

Colour is all about how much time the grape juice spent on skins at the start of fermentation – grape skins provide colour to wine; not the pulp

Colour doesn’t equate to dryness or lack of dryness

(Yes, I did repeat that because I am asked all the time for a recommendation on a pale rosé “because I want a dry one”… It is not a linear relationship.)

 

Top pink drink of the year… (so far)

2018 Main Divide North Canterbury Rosé $20.99

Did I say I was surprised by how deliciously drinkable the new Main Divide Rosé is? Or did I just think it? Either way, it’s no surprise, as a work colleague reminded me – “They only do good at that winery.”

Winemaker Mat Donaldson and his talented team have made a pink drink here with interesting dry, savoury aromas and flavours of red berries, supported by refreshing crisp acidity and a long, earthy finish.

Drinks well on its own but has the power to partner well with food too, thanks to thoughtful winemaking and the lovely cool Canterbury climate which provides beautifully balanced grapes with fresh acidity and ripe flavours.

An awesome wine.

High praise, given my history for avoiding rosé.

18.5/20