Black Estate Waipara Rose 2016 $24 (4 stars)

Sweet cranberry, rhubarb and cherry notes on the nose, it’s ultra fruity-fragrant and has instant wham bam appeal. Bursting with cherry and raspberry intensity in the mouth, here’s a rose you won’t forget in a hurry. There’s even a peppery, slightly dense, meaty note which gives it real strength and presence.  Sip with warm, spicy, […]

Ant MacKenzie ‘Toño’ Hawke’s Bay Rosado 2015

Ant MacKenzie ‘Toño’ Hawke’s Bay Rosado 2015 $17.95 ★★★½ Rosado is Spanish for rosé and they’re typically dry and bright.  If you’re a rosé fan then you’ll love the forward and fruity aromas of creaming soda, raspberry coulis and watermelon in this fresh, juicy new release.  It’s one of those wines that has real personality […]

Two Rivers L’ile De Beaute Rose 2015

Two Rivers L’ile De Beaute Rose 2015 $25 ★★★★ Here’s a rosé with great freshness and drive through the mid-palate and joined by herbaceous, spicy intensity, hints of musky red fruits fruit. It’s a really smart wine, tangy, vibrant and nicely balanced.  Drink super-chilled and preferably with a heaving plate of sizzling garlic and chilli […]

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Rosé 2015

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Rosé 2015 $19.99 ★★★½ Geoff Wright is the craftsman behind this wine which is grown and made according to organic and biodynamic principles.  Super-herbal  and spicy on the nose, with smoky, earthy characters and resinous complexity happening, yet in the mouth there are clean berry, melon and blackboy peach flavours.  […]

Ti Point ‘Tess’ White Merlot 2015

Ti Point ‘Tess’ White Merlot 2015 $15-$20 ★★★★ If you keep a couple of bottles of this in the fridge over your average spring weekend, you’ll find there’ll be no shortage of people knocking on your door armed with cheese and crackers and wanting desperately to be your friend.  Crafted from merlot grown in Matakana […]

Craggy Range Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Rosé 2015

Craggy Range Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Rosé 2015 $29 ★★★★ Parcels of merlot and syrah were chosen and blended from Craggy Range’s vineyard in the sun-baked Gimblett Gravels district in Hawke’s Bay, gently pressed and slow-fermented to create a coral-pink wine packed with watermelon, guava and raspberry freshness.  On the palate there’s that zing of […]

VNO ‘Skinny’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2015

VNO ‘Skinny’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2015 $16.99 ★★★★ At just 9% alcohol and 96 calories per serve this is definitely on the light side of the swing, and with it’s aromas of soft raspberry, cranberry and cherry, you think it’s going to stay there.  However in the mouth this wine has WAY more punch, with […]

Black Barn Rosé 2015

Black Barn Rosé 2015 $22.90 ★★★★ Winemaker Dave McKee has used merlot to craft a rich style of rosé packed with pomegranate and dried herb flavours and boasting a full, rich mouthfeel and great length of flavour.  It might be super-pale in colour, but for those who prefer a rosé with some meat on its […]

Amisfield Pinot Noir Rosé 2015

Amisfield Pinot Noir Rosé 2015 $30 ★★★★ This is such a pretty wine in the glass – and it gets better as soon as you sniff. Aromas of candy floss, cherry, soft raspberry and melon meet a beautifully balanced burst of fresh berries, a squeak of spice and plush, tangy acidity adds delicious zing to the […]

Framingham F-Series Montepulciano Rosato 2011

Framingham F-Series Montepulciano Rosato 2011 $25  Definitely one of the best rosés I’ve tried in the last twelve months.  Vibrant bright crimson colour with gorgeous creaming soda, raspberry and rhubarb aromas, this pretty-in-pink wine also boasts juicy, succulent berry flavours on the finish.  Satisfying, refreshing and rewarding no matter what time of year you drink […]

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