Maison Saint AIX Vin de Provence 2017 $26.99 (5 stars)

Such a beautiful, ballet shoe pink colour, this is quite the most glorious rose I’ve tasted in ages. Classic crunchy-crisp and dry, it’s a true Provence style in that it’s beautifully aromatic, and saturated with cherry and raspberry notes, and spruiking loads of spice. It’s fresh, frisky and fabulous to drink. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

Church Road Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017 $16

Crafted from a blend of Hawke’s Bay merlot and syrah by the scarily talented Chris Scott and his winemaking team, this rosé is generous, juicy and heaving with cherry, berry, creaming soda characters and a finish so long they give you a ‘thank you for participating’ medal. Tangy-fresh and frisky. Sip with: Seared tuna, melon […]

Gladstone Wairarapa Rose 2016 $25.00

I adore the pink diamond-ballet shoe hue of this gorgeous little pinot rose from down Gladstone way and I love its seductive, candied aromas and layers of raspberry, creaming soda and juicy red fruits on the palate. Boasting classic cherry and berries and cream characters alongside lip-puckering acidity makes this absolutely magical. Organically produced by […]

Coal Pit Central Otago Rose 2016 $26.95

Coal Pit make great pinot in every shape and form and this pinot rosé totally proves it. Raspberry, strawberry and creaming soda on the nose, sweet, tangy fresh berries and watermelon on the palate – what’s not to love? How about we add juicy apple and a layer of lovely, prickly acidity to finish. It’s […]

Ward Valley ‘Olivia’ Marlborough Rosé 2016 $19.99

Erupting with bright plum, apple and cherry notes, this rose has a fullness and sexy generosity that defies its light colour. Succulent watermelon, blood orange and raspberry flavours collide in the mid-palate to create a bold, take-no-prisoners style of rosé that will convert even the most anti-pink wine fans. It’s kind of iron-fist in velvet […]

Aitkens Folly Riverbank Road Rosé Wanaka 2016

How pretty is this wine? Pink gold and gorgeous in the glass, it’s perfumed with yellow plum and yellow rose aromas which lead to an incredibly rich, mouthwateringly fruity strawberry and raspberry concentration in the mouth. The Aitken’s Folly family have been on my radar for a while, and I’m thrilled to be able to […]

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Rosé 2017 $23.99 (3.5 stars)

Pink diamond in the glass and made from 100% merlot, this wine is gutsy, plummy and packed with personality. Highly textural and juicy to drink, it also has a savoury element that will appeal to those that prefer their rosé on the crispy-dry side. www.millsreef.co.nz

Opawa Marlborough Rosé 2017 $22.50 (4.5 stars)

From the talented team at Nautilus estate comes this generously proportioned and classically built rosé. I love how it erupts with melon, raspberry, creaming soda notes and cherry-berry flavours, plus it has a beautifully-tuned palate balance and a looooong, crisp finish. Superb stuff. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

Forbidden Vines ‘Weeping’ Marlborough Rosé 2017 $14.95 (4 stars)

Despite the fact that I normally want to run screaming from bottles with packaging like this, the wine inside is actually really good! With raspberries, watermelon, buckets of cherry and berry flavours abound, it’s seriously fruity and boasts naturally balanced sweetness and a long, textural finish. www.babichwines.com

Yvonne Lorking Canvas Column Sat 3 March 2018

Fact. I bought my first ever bottle of wine on March 3 1990. It was a rosé from Vidal Estate and I hung onto that bottle of Manuka Blush for dear life as I pedaled my Ten Speed home. Occasion. Momentous. Jackson Estate Alayna Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2017 $22.99 Produced as a salute to the […]

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