2018 Handpicked Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé
Rosé of Pinot Noir •Johnson Vineyard
New Zealand: Marlborough
NEWSFLASH: The Wine Spies meet Spy Valley!
Words, dear Operatives, are just not enough to express how thrilled we are to have found a match this close in theme between us and a winery! It’s like meeting a fellow spy from your secret service at a mission in the remotest corner of the globe. And the wines are superb too, might we add. Our rosé stash here did not survive Thanksgiving, so this could not have arrived at a better time.
Bright pink with a vivid orange glow on the rim, reminiscent of a stunning sunset in the fall. Powerful raspberry, watermelon, and violets, along with hints of allspice and dusty minerals in the effusive aromatics. Fleshy but light on its feet once in the mouth, offering juicy red fruit and tangerine with a hint of white pepper. Finishes bright and long, with resonating spiciness, sweet creaminess, and suave floral notes. For a perfect fun gathering put together the best possible ingredients for a classic BLT or club, cut to bite-size toothpicks and serve with this juicy pink beauty.
What can $15 get you these days anyway? A movie ticket OR the popcorn, NOT both. Well, this is a refreshing rosé AND a single vineyard Pinot all in one! Chill and unscrew this deliciousness, invite your like-minded Operative buddies over to enjoy a favorite spy flick. Spy Valley is from here on our house wine and should be yours too. With exclusive secret savings and free shipping on six, it’s a wonderful time to be undercover.
Here’s what the wine press has to say on Spy Valley:
By Bob Campbell MW – Wine Spectator - “Spy Valley, the secret is out: Bryan Johnson, a wealthy Wellington stockbroker, got into the wine business almost by accident, and his first experiences flirted with disaster. But persistence and talent have turned his Spy Valley winery into an unlikely success. He got off to a bad start. In 1992 Johnson planted the entire 200 acres, but an outbreak of phylloxera forced him to replant the vineyard almost immediately. This time he opted for the slower, more expensive method of using vine cuttings grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock. In 2000, a small percentage of the grape crop was used to make five wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer and they named the new winery Spy Valley, the nickname for the Waihopai Valley, an offshoot of Marlborough’s large Wairau Valley. Two large white spheres dominate the landscape. They are part of the New Zealand government’s Waihopai satellite communications monitoring base. The hard work and commitment are paying off. Now the winery is struggling to keep up with the demand for wines that have consistently exceeded expectations.”
Here’s what the wine press has to say on this wine:
90 Points – James Suckling - “A flinty, tangy rosé that has a neat array of pink fruit, florals and gently creamy notes with freshly picked strawberry and watermelon flavors. Drink now.”
Bright pink with a vivid orange glow on the rim, reminiscent of a stunning sunset in the fall.
Powerful raspberry, watermelon, and violets, along with hints of allspice and dusty minerals.
Fleshy but light on its feet, offering juicy red fruit and tangerine with a hint of white pepper.
Finishes bright and long, with resonating spiciness, sweet creaminess, and suave floral notes.
Put together the best possible ingredients for a classic BLT or club, cut to bite-size toothpicks.
What the Winery Says
- Paul Bourgeois and Richelle Collier
- Adam McCone
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
- Johnson Vineyard
- Omaka River terrace with alluvial stony silt loams
- Total acidity
- 6.0 g/L
- Residual sugar
- 1.7 g/L
- Harvest dates
- March 20 - April 1, 2018
- Brix at harvest
- 100% stainless steel