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 […]

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 […]

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