Grape Varietals: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay & (15% Pinot Noir - red wine)
Growing Region: Epernay, France
Chef de Cave: Dominique Petit

The Pol Roger Rosé Vintage is based on their Brut Vintage blend, which is made up of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. To which they add, before bottling and the all-important second fermentation, approximately 15% of still red wine (made from Pinot Noir) only from the best crus of the Montagne de Reims. Pol Roger only produce a vintage Rosé and produced in limited quantities.


Grape Varietals: 96% Tempranillo, 4% Garnacha
Growing Region: Rioja, Northern Spain
Owner / Director: Cristina Forner

It has been a few years now since I was last in the wine region of Rioja where the fruit for this Rosado / Rosé wine was sourced. The selected fruit parcels which were hand-picked separately - were grown on gentle slopes in Cenicero and in Rioja Alavesa. The hardy vines which seem to thrive in theses testing conditions are a mixture of 15-20 years of age and grown at different altitudes in mainly clay and limestone soils.


Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Nelson, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Patrick Stowe

Patrick planted the home vineyard at Rimu Grove in 1995, and it comprises 7 hectares of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris vines. Which are laid out on the gentle north facing slope of the Bronte Peninsula overlooking the stunning Waimea inlet in Nelson. The passionate team at Rimu Grove are committed to producing only the finest quality wines which reflect the terroir of the Nelson Moutere wine-growing region.


Grape Varietal: 100% Moscato Bianco
Growing Region: Asti Region, North-west Italy
Chief Winemaker: Danilo Drocco

I must admit it has been a few years now since I was last at Fontanafredda - but it has been a pleasure to see and taste the development in both the brand direction and quality of wines being crafted by Danilo and his team. Moscato d'Asti is justifiably having a renaissance, with these approachable, vibrantly lively and refreshing wines being enjoyed by the next generation of wine enthusiasts.