Escarpment Nina Rosé 2016 $24

Larry McKenna is the high priest of pinot noir and every iteration he turns his hand to tends to err on the excellent side.  This is the first time he and his team have crafted a rosé and it’s darn lovely, especially if you’re driving down the dry end of the road.  Boasting gumtingling acidity, […]

Château Riotor Rosé 2015 $19.99

If you prefer your rosé with a bit of meat on its bones, this is your thing Chandler Bing.  Château Riotor is located in the heart of the Massif des Maures region in Provence and this spicy, earthy rosé is crafted from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Cranberry, redcurrant, juicy plum and hints […]

La Prima Vita Rosé 2015 $18

You know that classic flavour of biting into a strawberry that’s juuuuuust on the cusp of ripeness – that’s exactly what you’ll get in your first sip. Ballet-shoe pink and packed with basil and blackcurrant leaf loveliness, it’s dry, snappy and supple on the finish. Cinsault and Grenache-based, it’s classy-cool, like Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ routine running […]

Cambridge Road Martinborough Papillon Rosé 2015 $25 ★★★★½

Crafted from a blend of 52% pinot gris, 36% pinot noir and 12% chardonnay, this fast became a new favourite of mine. With just 2500 bottles being made, you’ll need to be in quick because winemaker Lance Redgwell and his wife Bridie are on to a total winner here.  Produced using organic and biodynamic techniques, […]

Spade Oak Gisborne Rosé 2015 $18.50 ★★★½

Most rose styles in New Zealand are made from pinot noir or various combos of merlot, syrah and the like.  However, Steve and Eileen Voysey at Spade Oak have chosen to go with saucy, Spanish tempranillo for theirs – and it works a treat.  Dry, spicy and packed with red apple, raspberry, spiced watermelon, hints […]

Soho White Collection Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 $20 ★★★★

How pretty is this wine!  I love the soft, baby pink hue and the gorgeous marshmallow, juicy raspberry and plum characters which burst from the bottle.  Zesty-fresh, dry and packed with personality and flavour – it’s got classic prawn cocktail written all over it. www.sohowine.com

Squawking Magpie ‘Pink’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot Rosé 2016 $23 ★★★½

How great is it when producers of some of this country’s biggest, boldest reds decides to tread softly-softly and purpose-build a rosé to see you through the Spring and Summer. Wafts of cherry, raspberry and creaming soda on the nose lead to a burst of banging red fruit, soft herbaceousness and acidity that tingles your […]

Soho White Label Marlborough Rose 2016 $20 (4 stars)

Quite the prettiest rose I’ve seen in a long time, candy floss, raspberry, watermelon and classic, mouthfilling fruity clean notes burst from this gold medal winning pinky.  Winemaker Dave Clouston has crafted a rich, robust little rose despite its pale, ballet-shoe colour.  Delicate to look at – deadly tasty to drink.  There’s a classic, creaming […]

Pierre et Papa Rose 2015 $16.99 (4 stars)

This is an unusual rose made of 100% cinsault grapes grown on old vines snaking across the Languedoc in southern France.  I love the juicy intensity of this wine, the raspberry, cherry and white pepper flavours and its pomegranate punch on the finish.  It’s a rose that offers masses of character and a long, tangy […]

Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir Rose 2016 $27 (4 stars)

100% organic pinot noir in all its glory is exactly what you get with this southern stunner.  Such a pretty, ballet-shoe pink colour, aromas of just-ripe raspberry, watermelon and fleshed out with soft, creamy, roast stonefruit notes to round out the finish.  Great length of flavour too. www.peregrinewines.co.nz

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