through rosé-colored glasses…

… I was literally enjoying a wonderful, summer wine. It’s deep blush color is not only appealing, the fruity notes make this wine one to relish. It is not too sweet like you may think, just dry enough. I traditionally do not favor whites or rosés out of New Zealand, so I was pleasantly surprised to try this one at my local Prep Kitchen in La Jolla. I even bought a bottle to take home. The wine in my gleaming glass was produced by Wild Rock Wine Company in New Zealand, and this 2009 Vin Gris Rosé is definitely right at home with CA wines. It is made up of a vibrant blend of Merlot, with a touch of Malbec and Syrah. 

A Vin Gris is a traditional name given to some, well-crafted rosé wines. And this Wild Rock wears the name deservedly. Upon first sip, I tasted bright fruit-forward notes of cranberry followed by subtle spice, then a fresh & dry finish. I think this one would go well with seafood, maybe some grilled shrimp, or any summertime fare! The winery itself offers three categories of wine: Wild Whites – Sauv blanc, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris; Rich Reds – Syrah & a Merlot/Malbec; lastly, Piont Noir. These many varietals are grown in both owned, leased and contracted vineyards throughout beautiful Hawkes Bay. Wild Rock has a couple of wine producing facilities and focuses on the model of diverse, small batch wine making.

Another commendable focus of this winery is on sustainability. They feel an outright responsibility to minimize their energy and waste consumption, and support their local environment in the process. I am liking these guys more already! How does a winery conserve? I don’t have one to use as an example unfortunately, but here is how WR takes action:

  1. No Residue – Exceeding International Minimum Residue limits, WR eliminates all chemical residue in their grapes at times of harvest, using organic products to treat them.
  2. Heat Recovery – Implementing a heat recovery system within the winery allows heat produced from winery equipment to be harnessed & reused for their water system, greatly reducing power consumption.
  3. Water Treatment – Using a biological waste water treatment plant to treat winery waste water, making it safe for surrounding environments.
  4. Barrel Hall Cooling – Ambient cooling of the treasured wine barrels, using external cool air, thus greatly lowering energy consumption at their facility.
  5. Composting – Organically composting, so to contribute to overall vine nutrition, increase soil carbon levels, and reduce waste and soil compaction.
  6. Sustainable Wine Growers – Members of the New Zealand Sustainable Wine Growers, meaning they practice the best viticultural models.

If that’s not enough, they do make a great wine!  If you can’t run out the door for the next flight departing for New Zealand, then you can check them from afar, here.

Next time you are getting tapas at Prep Kitchen or at a wine store, ask for a taste or bottle of the Vin Gris Rosé. I think you will be surprised just how refreshing and enjoyable this one is. Cheers!


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