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

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Pierre et Papa Rose 2015 $16.99 (4 stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

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 … Read More

French Peak Banks Peninsula Rosé 2016 $20 (4 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Nowhere are Canterbury’s subregional differences more “Holy Nora!” obvious, than in the wines from Banks Peninsula.  Thanks to constant sea breezes, the vines remain clean and dry and the wines extremely pure as a result.  This pinot noir rose is pink-diamond-pale, scented with delicate watermelon and raspberry and on the palate there’s a pink grapefruit/blood … Read More

Bannock Brae Cathy’s Central Otago Rosé 2016 $22 (4 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Crafted from 100% pinot noir grown on Catherine and Crawford Brown’s Cairnmuir Road vineyard, this is a super-bright, raspberry and wild cherry-soaked rosé that’ll definitely win friends and influence people this summer.  The fruit concentration rocks across the palate, while the nose is so floral and fabulous, it takes some discipline to not dip your … Read More

Gladstone Wairarapa Rosé 2016 $25 (4.5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

I adore the pink diamond-ballet shoe hue of this gorgeous little pinot rose from down Gladstone way and I love its seductive, candied aromas and layers of raspberry, creaming soda and juicy red fruits on the palate.  Boasting classic cherry and berries and cream characters alongside lip-puckering acidity makes this absolutely magical.  Organically produced by … Read More

Black Estate Waipara Rose 2016 $24 (4 stars)

March 28, 2017By Yvonne

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, … Read More

Two Rivers L’ile De Beaute Rose 2015

January 5, 2016By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Rosé 2015

January 5, 2016By Yvonne

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.  … Read More

Craggy Range Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Rosé 2015

December 1, 2015By Yvonne

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 … Read More

VNO ‘Skinny’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2015

November 27, 2015By Yvonne

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 … Read More