Holdfast Estate Rosé 2017 $27

At the age of 16, Lachlan (Lockie) McLeod decided Dargaville needed wine in its life, and so he set about training himself how to grow grapes and make wine, and paying for it by working as an apprentice builder. Crafted by merlot grown on Awakino Point, this bottle of niceness from Northland erupts with ripe […]

Jackson Estate Alayna Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2017 $22.90

Produced as a salute to the beauty of ballet and the fine art of photography, this pinot noir rosé is fruity and lithesome, flowing with raspberry and watermelon and you’ll even find a ribbon of cherry and soft pepper sneaking through. It’s a pure, plucky and crunchy style that’ll have you pirouetting in seconds. Sip […]

Allan Scott Scott Base Central Otago Rosé 2017 $26

Ultra-pale and yet it definitely does not pale in the flavour stakes. Bursting with aromas of creaming soda, raspberry and cherry blossom, it’s shimmy-shakes across the palate clad in red berry and soft spicy, pink peppercorn layers. Fresh, frisky and fruity. Sip with: Watermelon panzanella. www.allanscott.com

Yvonne Lorkin Wine Column week beginning Sat 3rd March 2018

When I first really started to get into wine it was back in 1993. I was at University in Christchurch and I got a job waitressing at a restaurant on Cashel Street. It was called Bardelli’s and it was the place to be seen. A dark, broody, moody space it was and with the entire […]

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017 $21 (4 stars)

It’s a rare thing in NZ to find rosé made from 100% cabernet franc and this one is a real cracker. Pretty, trout-pink in the glass, it bursts with raspberry marshmallow, watermelon and hints of cherry on the nose. There’s even a touch of creaming soda and tamarillo in there too. Fresh, succulent, saucy and […]

Georgetown Vineyard Cental Otago Pinot Rosé 2017 $29 (5 stars)

Georgetown Vineyard Cental Otago Pinot Rosé 2017 $29 (5 stars) Wow! This wine is absolutely heaving with wild strawberries, creaming soda and watermelon-like wonder. So fresh and racy, yet showing incredible depth of flavour, it’s a stunner. Produced from a single vineyard at the eastern end of the Kawarau Gorge, this wine is elegant yet […]

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Rosé NV $74.99 (4 stars)

This is the 200th year since Madame Clicquot became the first to create a blended rosé from her finest Bouzy reds and her classic champagne. If the aromas of cranberry bagel, rising dough and cashew don’t woo you, then the long, generously-tempered mouthfeel, pinprick effervescence, creamy mousse and subtle raspberry notes on the finish will […]

Spade Oak Heart of Gold Gisborne Tempranillo Rosé $23 (4.5 stars)

This is such a pretty, trout-pink coloured wine in the glass and on the nose it bursts with raspberry marshmallow, watermelon and hints of cherry. There’s even a touch of creaming soda and tamarillo in there too. Succulent, saucy and served chilled with a bowl full of bhuja mix it’s just perfect. Or if you’re […]

Mahi Marlborough Rosé 2017 $22

In Māori, ‘mahi’ means many things. It can mean ‘to ferment’ (verb) or (noun) ‘an abundance of’, it can even mean the ‘mast’ of a ship, but I prefer the multipurpose nounverb ‘work’. As in “You do the ‘mahi’, you get the treats” because that’s exactly what you get with this wine. Treats galore. Delicate […]

Silver Wing Nada Preservative Free Waipara Syrah Rosé 2017 $27

Here’s a rosé made from 100% handpicked, whole bunch pressed syrah from Andrew Fox’s vineyard, where it’s fermented with wild yeasts and spends 5 months in barrel to introduce extra complexity.  A portion of original juice was snap-frozen at pressing and then added back to the wine at bottling to kickstart a second ferment in […]

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