Rosé is increasingly seen as a serious wine style – the three examples that made it into this year’s Top 100 a case in point – but that doesn’t mean it will lose its status as a perfect picnic wine – best enjoyed chilled, on a sunny patch of grass or out on the deck, with a good group of friends. Ahead are six fun, fresh rosés ideal for such occasions. Find a reason to indulge this weekend.
2017 Oyster Bay Marlborough Rosé
Winemaker says: Summer cherry and fragrant blossom notes with a burst of red berries and a lively citrus zest. This style is driven by vibrant, elegant pinot noir fruit. At harvest, we look for perfume and light colour in the grapes to achieve an expressive profile. Winemaking accentuates the floral aromatics and vivid red fruit flavours. Enjoy as an aperitif, or with fresh strawberries, goat’s cheese, seafood and great company.
RRP $19 | oysterbaywines.com
2016 Mike Press Pinot Noir Rosé
After a holiday in Provence, France, I was inspired to make a rosé in the style of that region – a serious, food-friendly wine with enough flavour and body to match any cuisine. This wine has a wonderful ‘eye of the partridge’ colour consistent with rosés made from pinot noir. The palate is full of summer berries, with great depth and flavour leading into a pleasing dry finish.
RRP $13 | mikepresswines.com.au
2016 Evans & Tate Breathing Space Rosé
Winemaker says: The fruit for this wine comes from two vineyards selected for their ability to ripen shiraz early while still achieving soft, ripe tannins – a factor that is critical to making this balanced, flavoursome and vibrant style of rosé. Blending with a small amount of semillon and verdelho fermented in old French oak puncheons produces an aromatic, fleshy-textured rosé. Turkish delight, rose and watermelon characters on the nose, the palate is refreshing, long and juicy, with a lovely dry finish.
RRP $19 | evansandtate.wine
2016 The Ned Pinot Rosé
The wonderful rose petal aromas dovetail with pure berry fruit characters. Bright, crisp acidity carries tangelo and watermelon flavours on the finish. Dedicated blocks of pinot noir and pinot gris in the Waihopai Valley have been nurtured to ensure that the best possible fruit is grown and harvested to create this delicious rosé.
RRP $16 | thened.co.nz
2017 Wicks Estate Pinot Noir Rosé
Winemaker says: Pinot noir is delicate and fragrant, and produces a beautiful colour when used for rosé. Several clones of pinot fruit from our Estate Vineyard at Woodside were used to achieve a balance of lifted aromatics, palate weight and texture, and vibrant red fruit flavours. Notes of rose petal, Turkish delight and strawberry combine with pristine acid and soft tannins to result in a rosé that’s well structured with good length.
RRP $20 | wicksestate.com.au
2016 Evans & Tate Strawberry Fields Rosé
Winemaker says: Aromas of freshly crushed strawberries and red cherries, plus a hint of rose petal, lead into a long, fresh and flavoursome palate with plenty of red berry fruits. This is a proudly easy to drink and flavoursome wine, named for its intense aromatic quality that's reminiscent of walking through a field of fresh strawberries.
RRP $20 | evansandtate.wine
Read more about rosé in the Rosé Hub.