Introducing our Swanky Rosé
Elegant, delicate, and a bit of a diva… and that’s just the wine.
Pinot Noir grapes are known for their sensitivity to growing conditions, and they make wines with delicately refined flavours.
Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé is an especially luscious expression of this grape variety, delivering a refreshing expression of Marlborough fruit concentration in a dry Provençal style.
Irresistible as a siren’s song, Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé will entice your senses with aromas of wild strawberry and watermelon while promising a bright, fresh palate of cranberry and apricot flavours. Undercurrents of delicate sweetness are balanced by lightly crisp natural acidity.
PINOT NOIR ROSÉ
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"Charming and elegantly fruited with a delightfully crisp finish." Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
PINOT NOIR ROSÉ
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The treasured fruit is sourced from premium low-yielding Pinot Noir vineyards throughout Marlborough, predominantly from the Waihopai and Fairhall
sub-regions in the famous Wairau Valley. This ancient river bed is expansive, covering cooler, drier inland vines to sea-breeze moderated coastal sites, adding depth and dimension to the fruit harvested in this region. Slightly undulating areas in the vineyard mean areas of low and high vigour, and this variation gives the fruit complexity.
Smoked salmon blini with wasabi crême fraîche. Pink wine goes beautifully with pink food - imagine that! Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé is especially delicious with fresh or smoked salmon, as Swanky’s bright acidity balances the natural healthy oils in fish. Crême fraîche plays with the subtle strawberries-and-cream flavours in the wine, and a dash of wasabi sets the pairing alight.
Our crew selectively harvested early-ripening fruit from younger vines and those showing vibrant flavours. Early harvesting retained fresh acidity, balancing the plentiful fruit flavours. The Wairau Valley, Marlborough climate is one of the sunniest and driest in New Zealand. A rare combination of long, dry summers, bright sun and cool, clear nights provides perfect conditions for growing ripe, intensely-flavoured fruit.
It isnt pink, its salmon.
If you’ve ever wondered how red grapes become pink wine, the trick is gently pressing the grapes within hours of harvesting them.
This leaves the juice only lightly stained by the red grape skins, kind of like the time you washed your red handkerchief with your white sailor cap… oh, just me then...
Does ‘fruity’ mean sweet?
In a word, no. Whilst Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé has vibrant, fruit-forward aromas and flavours, our viticultural and winemaking teams have crafted a dry wine style.
This means your glass of Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé is brimming with indulgent aromas of wild strawberry and luscious flavours of cranberry and apricot, while offering a dry and refreshing palate that pairs easily with a variety of dishes.
Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diets.
The fruit was quickly whisked to our winery and softly pressed, minimising skin contact for a light pinkish hue. The crew then used two yeasts, one to impart the wine texture, creaminess, and a hint of exotic spice and a second to emphasise the wild strawberry fruit characteristics.
Full fermentation to dryness with only a touch of residual sugar created a refreshing, food-friendly wine. The end result, Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé is a dry Old World European style of Rosé showing off the New World fruit weight and intensity.
Alcohol Content: 12.5% | TA: 6.04g/L | pH: 3.37 | Residual Sugar: 4.5g/L.
Most wines are made with alcohol content ranging between 12 to 15%. At 12.5%, Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé is on the lower-alcohol side of this spectrum, and a 100mL glass of this wine equals a standard serving of alcohol in New Zealand. Likewise, with a residual sugar of 4.5 grams per litre (g/L), Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé is a relatively dry wine, which means it’s lower in carbohydrates and pairs well with low-sugar food.
Alcohol and sugar are fairly straightforward, but what are TA and pH? TA tells us the concentration of acids present in a wine, where 4 grams per litre (g/L) is considered low (‘flat’) and 8 g/L is high (sour). At 6.04 g/L, Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé is just right! While TA is all about the amount of acids, pH tells us how intense the acids taste. Wines usually range around 3 to 4 pH, so at 3.37 pH, Swanky Pinot Noir Rosé is right on target for a refreshing wine.
All Hello Sailor winegrowing activities are certified to be fully sustainable. We belong to Sustainable Winegrowing NZ, an initiative of the NZ Winegrowers Association, and we follow strict management principles to protect the environment. Methods and systems are revised regularly, so that we can continuously improve environmental performance.