Summer isn’t summer without an abundance of crisp rosé. With a panoply of new brands on the block, we saw fit to sort the wheat from the chaff, resulting in this definitive round-up of who’s who on the rosé scene.
Rockburn’s Stolen Kiss
It had us at ‘aromas of candy-floss and crème-brûlée’. This Central Otago variety is described as a taste sensation, promising the seriously enticing flavours of toffee-apple and a “simmering strawberry palate smeared with cherry lip-gloss”. Buy it here
NZ Rosé Co.
This iconic rose-tinted drop has more or less swooped into some of Auckland’s most notable eateries including Augustus Bistro, The Blue Breeze Inn, and The Deck at City Terrace. Not to mention, it might have single-handedly instigated the Frosé movement that has caught on like wildfire. Buy it here.
Cable Bay Rosé 2016
One thing we associate Cable Bay with (other than its incredible view) is its formidable blushing wine. Boasting aromas of fresh strawberry, rose petals, peach and cardamom alongside a stellar new label that reflects the wine’s personality, this fine Waiheke drop ought to be on hand all summer long. Buy it here.
Master of Ceremonies
Hitting the ground running after its recent launch, Master of Ceremonies is currently bumping its way up our rosé hit list, and winning in the category of ‘one to watch’ for its crisp French style. Buy it here.
The Hunting Lodge Pinot Noir Rosé
This newly launched drop is the bounty of The Hunting Lodge’s Marlborough vines. The delicate 750ml rosé, which features notes of rose petal and honeydew, has only just become available, and word is that their jeroboam and magnum bottles will be hitting shelves (or cellars) come mid-January. Buy it here.