Crafted from flavoursome Pinot Noir and dry, white aromatic Arneis, our Rosé is the perfect proof of the joy of thinking differently. Simply put, we’ve perfected a delicious full flavoured wine by slowing the grape plant’s ability to make sugar but not its ability to make flavour. And it’s all done in the vineyard. No chemistry tricks or genetic engineering wizardry here. Just sustainably grown, naturally produced lower alcohol wine.
Our Rosé hits you with an exciting explosion of flavour. Fresh strawberries and ripe red cherry, with just a hint of aromatic herbs like sage and thyme. The wine is so fresh and light and lively it practically dances its way across your palate to a crisp and dry finish. It’s like summer in a bottle.
Analysis at Bottling
pH 3.21 | T.A. 6.3 g/l | Residual Sugar 6.3 g/l | Alcohol 9.5%
Awards and Accolades
Marlborough Wine Show 2017 | Trophy Champion Rosé
Bob Campbell MW | 4.5 Stars, 93 points
John Szabo, MS, Winealign CA | 89 points
A relatively new addition to John Forrest’s range of naturally low-alcohol wines, this pinot noir (70%) -arneis rosé is perfectly delightful and flavourful at just 9.5% alcohol. I like the sharp red fruit flavours, the gentle floral character from the arneis, and the crispy-crunchy acids. This is virtually indistinguishable from any other good rosé with higher alcohol, so forget the low alcohol angle and just enjoy a bottle at lunch. Kudos to Forrest for breaking the code on how to produce low alcohol wines without resorting to technology in the winery - this is just meticulous, carefully timed vineyard management. A model to follow (though he won’t reveal all of his secrets). Tasted May 2018.
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