“With an innate understanding of women’s hectic lives, the idea behind the brand was born.” My wife didn’t think the label on The Sisters, a set of wines hailing from Marlborough, NZ-based winemaker Rebecca Wiffen, displayed much particular insight into her world, but hey, a wine’s name is really just a name (though the brand does support female-oriented charitable organizations such as Dress for Success and The Women’s Collective).
Let’s see if Wiffen and co. have an innate understanding of women’s — and wine drinkers’ — palates.
2017 The Sisters Pinot Rose Marlborough – Heavily sweetened, this is a strawberry firestorm on the palate, with cotton candy and brown sugar notes galore on the tongue. A slightly earthy note on the nose gives pause, but there’s so much unctuous juiciness in the mouth, that even a hint of acidity can’t elevate it from “porch pounder” status. B- / $17
2017 The Sisters Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – Again very sweet, with that iconic NZ pineapple character flooding the palate, here viscous and gooey, almost like candied, heavily flavored syrup. Some white florals threaten to provide nuance, but they’re ultimately powerless against the flood of sugary stuff. C+ / $17