Joelle Thomson

Wine writer and award winning wine author

What I am drinking, reading and savouring each week


Behind every great rosé

Behind every great pink wine, there's a big market ready to lap it up and in the case of Poppies Rosé, this truth holds, despite a relatively high price tag - proving that there's no stopping the rise of rosé.

This wine is made by Poppy Hammond for Poppies of Martinborough, a great lunch venue that is co owned and run by Poppy and Shane Hammond. Both the venue and the wines have proven to be so popular that it is essential to book to secure a table. Demand for the rosé has soared so production has increased to enable it to be found further afield, initially in a sprinkling of good restaurants around New Zealand. 

Here is my tasting note.


2021 Poppies Martinborough Rosé RRP $45

Here's a Kiwi Rosé with a difference; its colour pushes into pale ruby and the flavours are intensely fruity with redcurrant, hints of cranberry and notes of dried cherry all intermingling in an incredibly refreshing wine. 

Dry in taste with a little hint of fruity sweetness on the mid palate. It finishes on a crisp dry note with flavours that linger.

The packaging is exceptional and the wine is even better.