2016 Kim Crawford Rose

2016 Kim Crawford Rose

Region – New Zealand

Sub Region – Hawke’s Bay

Varietal – Merlot

Pricing – $15 – $18

Alcohol Content – 13%


Bottle – Clear Bottle with the signature Kim Crawford gold font and white and black circle logo. Pink band running around the bottom of the bottle with white font.

Wine – The wine is clear and light pink in color.


Strawberry, Watermelon, Sweetness, Tart and Citrus


The wine is light bodied and crisp on the palate with notes of watermelon, strawberry fruit, and slightly tart. Some hibiscus floral notes show themselves followed by strong minerality on the medium length finish, which is typical for New Zealand light wines.

Overall Experience

This Kim Crawford Rose was a great wine for the beach. Very refreshing fruity wine that is light for those hot days. If I had to define this in one sentence it would be “it tastes like summer”. (Of course looking at my wife in a bathing suit in the water didn’t hurt the experience either)

Suggested Pairing

Food – Light dishes and salads

Cigar – Graycliff G2 Maduro

Wine Publication Ratings

The Wine Front – 86 pts

Blue-Gold – Sydney International Wine Competition

Silver – Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Winemakers Tasting Notes

Soft and luscious, this refreshing Rosé is richly fruited with hints of watermelon and strawberry.

About Kim Crawford Wines: (Source: https://www.kimcrawfordwines.com/us)

The vineyards of Kim Crawford are located in outstanding, predominantly coastal sites. The grapes benefit from long days, clean sea breezes and crisp nights. In combination with New Zealand’s long and dry autumn season, our grapes ripen slowly, which allows them to build flavor intensity as well as develop a sophisticated acidity. In the end, it is this unique combination of factors–from regions and soils, to temperatures and growth rates–that give Kim Crawford a perfect balance of fruit and acidity. This ideal pairing of elements makes Kim Crawford more than just the perfect wine to compliment foods and occasions–it makes it the perfect wine to compliment one of the most stunning regions the world has ever known.