Rosé to the occasionby Michael Cooper
Bring something fresh and fruity to the table this summer.
Would you pay $40 for a bottle of rosé? If you want to sip Château Miraval, the acclaimed rosé from an estate in Provence owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, you’ll have to, though sadly you can’t buy it here. Luckily in New Zealand we can choose from well over 100 other rosé labels.
No other wine style has improved in quality here recently as quickly as rosé. Gone are the days of “lolly water”. If you’re looking for a fresh, vibrantly fruity, vivacious dry wine on a warm summer’s day, rosé really hits the spot.
Terra Sancta Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2014 (5/5 stars)
This bright pink, instantly appealing wine has buoyant strawberry and spice flavours that are slightly peachy, finely poised and lingering. Mouthfilling, smooth and dryish, it’s full of personality. $27
Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2014 (4.5/5 stars)
New Zealand’s most successful rosé on the show circuit. A bright, light pink blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon, it’s floral and full-bodied, with fresh, vibrant strawberry and spice flavours and a generous, fully dry, well-rounded finish. $20
Ara Single Estate Limited Release Pinot Noir Rosé 2014 (4/5 stars)
Contained in a tall, slender bottle, this bright pink/pale red wine is enticing. Full of charm, it has an attractive scent, mouthfilling body and vibrant cherry, red-berry and spice flavours. Fresh and smooth. $25
Mission Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2014 (4/5 stars)
Styled like a very light red, this has a floral bouquet, good weight and fresh, berryish flavours that are crisp, lively, dry and lingering. $18
Tiki Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2014 (4/5 stars)
Pale pink, this is a sturdy, substantial rosé that’s fresh and lively with strong strawberry, spice and slight apricot flavours, finely balanced and smooth. Delicious drinking this summer. $20
Wooing Tree Central Otago Rosé 2014 (4/5 stars)
From pinot noir grapes, estate-grown in Cromwell, this is a bright pink, attractively scented wine. Fleshy and fractionally sweet, with vibrant strawberry and spice flavours, it’s full of drink-young charm. $25
Wine of the week
Fromm La Strada Rosé 2014 (4.5/5 stars)
This distinctive, bone-dry rosé is based on pinot noir and malbec, with a dash of syrah. Light pink, it’s fresh and full-bodied, with strawberry, spice and apricot flavours that show an unusual depth for a rosé. $19
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