We left after lunch on Boxing Day for an anticipated five hour journey south from Orewa to Ohakune. It was a cruisy drive, not much traffic. I think many people going away for the statutory holidays had gone early, either that or they weren’t heading our way. The sky was cloudy so the race to be the first to spot Mt Ruapehu in the distance from Tihiroa didn’t happen.
Oops, the rack of lamb I had taken from my freezer for dinner was still frozen. Fortunately Ohakune is well served by a New World supermarket and they had some super steaks. Shopping finished, bags unpacked, beds made, fridge stocked, salads prepared and the BBQ heating it was time to toast our favourite place.
On arrival I had popped the Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 into the freezer and when back from shopping moved it into the refrigerator. Now it was the perfect temperature for drinking.
I’m loving Central Otago rosés from the 2016 vintage and this is just one of several that I think is just splendid. It’s a pretty coral / rose peach hue. The bouquet is delicate summer stone fruit with a hint of plum and cherry, and the taste is bright, zesty, refreshing and tangy. The wine seems quite crisp and dry but the fruit is juicy and ripe, like juicy watermelon with a hint of ginger and lime and a pleasing savoury zing to the finish with the aftertaste compounding in richness and flavour.
Domain Road’s pinot noir grapes for this rosé were grown in Bannockburn from both the Domain Road Vineyard and the company’s Defiance Vineyard in Felton Road, the two roads running parallel to each other with Domain Road being at a higher elevation – if you ever walked or cycled up the Bannockburn Road you’ll know.
Domain Road’s rosé clocks in at 13% alcohol and costs around $25. Go to Domain Road’s website domainroad.co.nz to find out more.