Forrest Marlborough Rosé 2017 $22 (5 stars)

Ever felt let down by rosé that lacks body and bounce?  The fret no more because this little cracker from Marlborough pioneer’s Forrest Estate, has buckets of raspberry, strawberry and creaming soda characters and bright acidity make this a fruit fest of a rosé if ever there was one. www.forrest.co.nz

Veuve Laperrière Brut Rose NV $17 (4 stars)

If you prefer your rosé to froth and fizz, then this is going to seriously float your boat.  Created in France’s Loire (“loo-aah”) Valley, this is a super-smooth, berries-and-cream-crammed wine that has really seductive mouthfeel.  There’s a squeak of sweetness and spice, alongside a rich, slightly nutty finish.  Richly structured, it’s a real crowd-pleaser and […]

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Rosé 2017 $29 (4.5 stars)

If alien beings arrived from outer space, held weapons to your head and demanded know in 5 seconds flat what New Zealand’s most famous rosé was, you’d best yell out “Stolen Kiss” or you’re custard.  It’s a sweetly fruity pink treat with a creaming soda, candy floss, raspberry, nectarine and toffee apple tone to it.  […]

Ka Tahi Rescue Rosé 2017 $17

Produced by the team at Ka Tahi to help raise funds for the Lowe Corporation Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust, every sip of this 86:14 blend of merlot and pinot noir has feel-good factor. Dry and snappy and saturated with boysenberry, cherry and red fruits, a squeak of pepper adds complexity to the finish.  An […]

Graham Norton’s Own “Pink by DesiGN” New Zealand Rosé 2017 $18.99

Here’s a case of ‘norton hemisphere meets southern hemisphere’ where the eponymous Mr Norton has totally embraced the winemaking process AND agreed to pretty much every example of word play possible on the use of his initials. Crafted from pinot noir sourced from around the country, it’s been given just enough time on its skins […]

Serbal Mendoza Malbec Rosé 2015 $25 (3.5 stars)

If sweet rosé wines are not your thing, fret not. I’ve hunted high and low to address that issue and have found a little star you’ll love because it’s lipsmackingly lean and dry. Malbec rosé is not common and yet the team at Serbal are clearly experts in creating sophisticated, South American style rose that […]

Matawhero Gisborne Pinot Rose 2017 $23 (4stars)

Elevated scents of creaming soda, raspberry, strawberry, soft cherry and apple rise out of the glass and what follows are layers of ultra-tangy, crunchy-crisp, fruit-soaked flavours. Despite 2017 being a challenging vintage in Gisborne, this pinot noir was grown in the Tietjen vineyard grew nicely and got to good ripeness levels, resulting in rose with […]

Weaver Estate Central Otago Pinot Rosa 2014 $39

Pinot noir saignee juice (juice bled from the must) is fermented with wild yeasts and then aged for two years on lees in oak (whaat? That’s crazy talk for rosé!). But because of that, you get aromas of crab apple jam, melon, toasted cashew and berry blossom, plus it has great richness and substance.  Essentially, […]

Greystone Waipara Rose 2014 $25.50

Located at the foot of the Teviotdale Hills on the western side of the Waipara Valley is a series of fossil-studded vineyard slopes known as “the golden mile”.  The pinot noir used to make this rose grows here.  100% clone 115 grapes are handpicked, gently pressed and put to barrel to be fermented in barrels […]

Domaine Mas Theo Rosé 2014 $20

After several generations of being grape growers, it took until 1999 for Laurent Clapier to become the first winemaker in the family to take over the Domaine.  Located in the middle of the Drôme Provençale, the property has been certified organic since 2007 and certified biodynamic since 2011.  This 50/50 grenache & syrah-blended rosé has […]

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