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Wine Reviews - Pink Wines
by Sue Courtney
Last updated 23 May 2016

Although some of these tasting notes may be found elsewhere on this site, this page brings together most of the Pink, Rosť and Blush wines, listed alphabetically by Producer. Click here for rating systems and abbreviations.

[2017] [2016] [2015] [2014] [2013] [2012] [2011] [2010] [2009] [2008] [2007] [2006] [2005] [2004 and older] [index]

2017 Vintage [top] [index]

Clark Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosť 2017 (sc) A very attractive delicate pink-ruby hue. The bouquet is fresh raspberries and redcurrants and the taste is full of glace cherry with a bright zesty raspberry and red apple freshness. Made from 100% pinot noir, it is just off dry with a savoury undercurrent and must be served chilled. Gold & Trophy Bragato Wine Awards 2017. 12% alc. $18.99. 6Sep2017.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot Rosť 2017 (sc) There's a luminosity to the spinel pink hue. The bouquet is all plum and cherry and it's quite citrussy to the ripe, juicy, thirst-quenching taste with summer berry flavours shimmying through and finishing with just a hint of anise. While followers of this label will find it much lighter in hue and palate weight than it has been in the past, itís equally enjoyable and drinkable. Gold Medal NZIWS. 12.5% alc. $15.99. 31Jan2018.

Gibbston Valley GV Collection Central Otago Rosť 2017 (sc) A delightful watermelon pink colour with an almost iridescent glow, the bouquet is suggestive of summer berries and it is just off dry to the taste which makes it so approachable and appealing. Itís full of plum and strawberry fruit with a long creamy finish and served chilled it is deliciously quenching. Gold Medal NZIWS. 13% alc. $24.99. 17Jan2018.

Hunters Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosť 2017 (sc) Watermelon pink with a scent of candy floss and strawberry and red cherry juices following through to the lightly spicy zesty palate that has a refreshing flinty undercurrent and touches of rose hip jelly. Technically bone dry but the fruitiness belies this. Gold Medal NZIWS. 13% alc. $17.99. 21Feb2018.

Mount Riley The Bonnie Marlborough Rosť 2017 This pinot noir rosť has a radiant pink hue, an enticingly fragrant plum and cherry aroma, and it is juicy and deliciously quenching to the mouthfilling, moderately gutsy and texturally pleasing taste thatís full of summer berries with just a touch of sweetness, well balanced savouriness and lingering flavours of cherry, blueberry and strawberry. Gold NZIWS. 12.5% alc. $12.99. 1Nov2017.

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Central Otago Pinot Rosť 2017 This is seriously pale pink and while the bouquet seems delicately scented it emanates wild cherry with a beguiling exotic flare. Itís full of flavour in the palate with off dry to medium sweetness, touches of strawberry floss and a zesty vibrancy to the quenching finish that's very long and tasty. 13% alc. $25.99. 29Nov2017.

Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Marlborough Rosť 2017 (sc) A trendy light salmon hue with berry aromas and a crisp dry steely taste Ė probably a little more European influenced than some of the more fruity ones that have been so enjoyable lately. Thereís hints of black cherry, blackcurrant and pepper and an exceptionally long, lingering aftertaste that is juicy and satisfying. 12.5% alc. $19.99. 10Jan2018.

Vavasour Marlborough Rosť 2017 (sc) This is a deep watermelon hue. The bouquet is a like a bowl of candied strawberries and the taste even more so with blueberries, red cherries and crab apple adding to the juicy medley. Made from Pinot Noir it's an off dry, low acid, lightly viscous pink with a touch of spice on the finish. It begs for a plate of antipasto . 13% alc. $18.99. 14Feb2018.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Blondie 2017 (sc) Made from Pinot noir grapes yet the hue is a barely-there pink. The bouquet is cherry-tinged candy floss and it's fashionably just off dry to the lightly viscous taste with the hint of sweetness balancing slight herbal notes and the fizzy fruit sherbet citrussy zing. Delicious. 13.5% alc. $24.99. 31Jan2018.

2016 Vintage [top] [index]

Akarua Rua Central Otago Rosť 2016 (sc) The wonderfully luminous translucent light ruby hue has a tine of blue which makes it look so pretty in the glass. Berry fruit together with a savoury aura wafts fills the bouquet and it's lightly spritzy in the palate with a red boiled lolly confectionery sweetness thatís foiled by the spicy and lightly savoury finish and while it seems off dry, the lingering aftertaste is dry. Needs to be chilled to the bones. 13% alc. $18.99. 23Nov2016.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot Rosť 2016 (sc) A striking deep coral hue with a fresh vibrant aura, this is initially quite plummy and savoury with a dry flinty backbone skilfully offset by juicy strawberry sweetness and enchanting touches of tarragon. Food friendly too. 12.5% alc. $14.99. 8Mar2017.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosť 2016 (sc) Made from predominantly Merlot this has a vibrancy to the translucent blue-red hue. The bouquet is all early season plums and citrus and thereís vinous richness to the texture with a pleasing zesty zing, touches of strawberries and blueberries, well balanced underlying spicy savouriness and a light honeyed feel to the lingering finish.. 12.5% alc. $15.99. 12Oct2016.

Forest The Doctors Marlborough Rosť 2016 (sc) The bouquet of this delicate baby pink-hued lower alcohol style offers up summer berries with cranberries and a waft of summer herbs and the light refreshing taste is reminiscent of diluted cherry juice and ripe red apples finishing with a zingy, juicy vibe. Reasonably crisp, and just off dry. 9.5% alc. $19.99. 26Oct2016.

Graham Nortons Own Pink By Design Rosť 2016 (sc) This blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris is a pretty, see-though, pale rose pink. The vibrant, slightly steely bouquet offer up scents of raspberries and red cherries and thereís a touch of sweetness to the taste with fresh berry acidity, a touch of zest and a tangy apple-infused finish. Served very chilled and sip on its own or match to butter chicken curry. 12.5% alc. $18.99. 20Apr2017.

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Central Otago Pinot Rosť 2016 (sc) Delightful pale pink hue with quite a strong cherry, watermelon, citrus and refreshing sherbet bouquet Ė all these traits following through to the very tasty palate where touches of wild strawberries join the fray. Itís mouth-wateringly dry and tangy with loads of flavour and verve and a spritzy textural vibe. The best Iíve tasted from this sought after label and could be considered Ďdangerously drinkableí. 14% alc. $26.99. 30Nov2016.

Rod McDonald Wines One Off Lola May Rose Hawkes Bay Rosť 2016 (sc) Pale watermelon pink with a bouquet of summer berries and a twist of black pepper that follows through to the lightly oily textured palate. Fruit is typical strawberry and raspberry with touches of blueberry and a zesty brightness that makes it just so quenching and refreshing. Made from 94% Pinot Noir and 6% Pinot Gris. 13% alc. $21.99. 9Nov2016.

Soho White Collection Marlborough Rosť 2016 (sc) Crisp and fresh, with just a touch of blush to the hue, it has a pinot gris-like poached pear scent followed by light pinot noir-like strawberry fruit in the palate. A light playful, zingy, medium dry style very suitable for lunch or an aperitif. Gold NZIWS. 12.5% alc. $17.99. 22Mar2017.

Terra Sancta Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosť 2016 (sc) Gorgeous pink spinel gemstone hue. Spiced strawberry and Morello cherries fill the delicately fruity bouquet. Moderate palate weight with a slightly oily feel to the texture, a zing of pepper that complements the spiced strawberry fruit, and a juicy finish seems almost creamy. Served chilled it seems just on the cusp of off dry. 13.5% alc. $23.99. 7Sep2016.
Watermelon pink with a bouquet of wild strawberries and red cherries and quite rich flavours (for rosť) with a light viscosity to the texture. Itís somewhere between dry and medium in sweetness level with a slightly herbal / savoury nuance balancing the pinot noir fruit and a lingering tingle of spice. Must be chilled of utmost enjoyment. 13.5% alc. $23.99. 18Jan2017.

Two Rivers L'ile de Beautť Rosť 2016 (sc) This has a pale pink hue, the light bouquet offers up raspberry and meringue and the bold taste is zingy and zesty with crisp red berry flavours. A delightful rosť on the cusp of off dry and harmonious with the cheese on the night. 5 stars and No.1 in Cuisine. 12.5% alc. $19.99. 11Jan2017.

Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Rosť 2016 (sc) Summer berries fill the bouquet of this delicately hued pink and it tastes spicy and zingy and zesty with loads of strawberries and red cherries and a mouthfilling lingering finish. Refreshing and delicious. 13% alc. $20.99. 19Oct2016.

Wooing Tree Central Otago 'Blondie' 2016 (sc) The bouquet hints of pear drops and strawberry water and while it initially smells a little like pinot gris it is actually made from 100% pinot noir without skin contact, hence the barely-there pink hue. Crisp and dry in the palate with hints of dry cherry, a suggestion of almond, a touch of spice and a bright zing of citrus as the wine lingers, itís actually quite complex as it evolves with every sip. 13.5% alc. $24.99. 10Aug2016.

2015 Vintage [top] [index]

Akarua Rua Central Otago Pinot Noir Rose 2015 (sc) The crystalline blue-tinged deep pinky-red colour is like a pink tourmaline gemstone. Generous on the nose with bramble fruit and savoury notes, then juicy blueberries and black cherry fruit in the palate with a lightly oily texture and a refreshing savoury salty tang that offsets the fruit sweetness. Must be served ice cold. Gold Easter Show. 13% alc. $19.99. 24Feb2016.

Black Barn Hawkes Bay Rose 2015 (sc) The colour is the lightest of blush Ė barely pink if you like and the delicate bouquet reveals a hint of marzipan and a touch of cherry stone. Made from Merlot grapes, it's light and fruity in the palate with cranberry and cherry, a well-balanced savouriness, the most subtle suggestion of pepper and finishes fashionably dry. 12.5% alc. $17.99. 17Feb2016.

Clearview Black Reef Blush 2015 Ė Hawkes Bay (sc) Made from Chambourcin grapes, this is a dark pink / almost ruby hue. The bouquet is savoury with some potterís clay notes and a little confectionary note too. In the mouth itís full-flavoured, savoury and spicy with juicy black Doris plums and blackberry fruit and a crisp dry finish thatís accents with tangelo, glace cherries and cake spices with a zing of ginger adding warmth and tang. Full and fleshy, and when chilled it is very juicy mouthfilling and quenching. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 13.5% alc. 7Sep2015.

Gladstone Vineyard Rose 2015 (sc) A blend of 35% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Franc and 30% Pinot Noir, this is a pale frosted watermelon hue in the glass. Beautifully fragrant nose with a delicate nuance of strawberries. Full, almost oily texture in the mouth with the fruit reminiscent of strawberries, raspberry and early season plums Ė itís crisp and refreshing with a lovely citrus tang and very appealing roundness to the finish. Thereís a lovely herbal / bramble bush nuance in there that was detected on the nose as well Ė summer herbs with a savoury citrussy tang. My sister says Ďjust gorgeousí. Fashionable and tasty - the colour light, not deep. On the outdoor table with the sun at a low angle, the refraction of the rays gives a rainbow effect.13% alc. $25.00. 19Dec2015.

Invivo Marlborough Sophieís Choice Rose 2015 (sc) First note: Strawberry on the nose and in the palate with a lovely bright sherbetty savoury allure. A medium to full-bodied rose that is fairly dry in style and ticks all the boxes. Second note: Crisp, fresh, dry and full of summer berries with a bright citrussy spike and a smooth, soft savoury note. Just a little bit of grip to the finish that when chilled is just a delight. 13% alc. $19.00. 26Dec2015.

Left Field Hawkes Bay Rose 2015 (sc) Pale pink ruby in hue, this exciting crisp dry Rose made from predominantly Merlot with the addition of Pinotage and Arneis has a bouquet thatís reminiscent of wild strawberries and red cherry jubes. A terrifically juicy Rosť with substance and even a little tannin to support the juicy strawberry and blackcurrant fruit with a bright zesty seam of freshness and tropical fruit with touches of pineapple and a squeeze of mandarin. A delightful summer style that served very chilled is refreshing, delicious and full of sass. 12.5% alc. $14.99. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting 7Sep2015. Retasted 30Sep2015.

Matawhero Gisborne Pinot Rose 2015 (sc) A radiant light to moderate watermelon hue. The distinctive savoury scent of Pinot Noir together with raspberries and cherries fill the bouquet of this lighter, slightly spritzy and delicately savoury style thatís super quenching and fresh on its own yet yummy with asparagus, olive oil, lemon and parmesan. 13.7% alc. $23.00. 28Oct2015.

Middle-Earth Pinot Meunier Nelson Rose 2015 (sc) Pale watermelon hue. A delicately scented, smooth silky textured wine with a lovely rounded mouthfeel and flavours of briar roses and rose hips, cherries and raspberries and a beautifully honed zing of tangelo with some lovely tarragon notes adding to its charm. A deliciously refreshing, yummy summer stunner. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 12.5%. 7Sep2015.

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Central Otago Rose 2015 (sc) Barely there pink in hue with a delicate cherry bouquet and the taste is refreshingly off dry with juicy cherry and strawberry fruit and a zesty citrus vibrancy. Like a kiss of chilled watermelon in the heat of summer, it's super refreshing and quenching. 12.5% alc. $26.99.15Oct2015.

Te Mania Nelson Rose 2015 (sc) Deep watermelon hue. Very appealing 'drink me' aroma of strawberries and bramble leaf. Juicy, cool super refreshing and quenching straight from the fridge with just the slightest suggestion of spritz to the texture and flavours of fleshy strawberry, rhubarb, early season summer plums and PN's quintessential savouriness providing a foil to the fruit sweetness. Off dry in style. Just delightful. Good with potato chips and even better with lemon scented hummus. 13% alc. $21.99. 4Jan2016.

Terra Sancta Mysterious Diggings Central Otago Rose 2015 (sc) Very attractive watermelon hue with crystal clear clarity. Cherries and wild strawberries fill the bouquet. Itís off dry to the taste with an appealing textural mouthfeel, hints of red cherries and early season plums, a bright touch of orange zest adding freshness and a subtle earthiness thatís a natural attribute of the off the pinot noir grape. Thereís lots to like in this fuller style that has garnered much complexity since release. 13.5% alc.. $22.99. 20Apr2016.

the Ned Marlborough Pinot Rose 2015 (sc) Pretty salmon pink. The savoury traits of Pinot Noir come forth on the nose with strawberries and red cherries fill the bright juicy palate. Well rounded and fleshy with strawberries and cream and a bright zesty flourish. Just off dry in style, there is a tinge of savouriness in this juicy, generous, fruity wine that has a mouthwatering, quenching watermelon finish. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 13%. 7Sep2015.

Tiki Estate Marlborough Pinot Rose 2015 (sc) Vibrant light ruby / rubellite hue. There are some lovely savoury notes in this crisp Pinot Noir rose thatís accented with citrus and spice and all things nice. Just off dry, itís a wine of substance with a smooth, rounded, flowing finish crammed with strawberries and cherries with a peppery bite. NZIWS Gold Medal note. 13% alc. $19.99. 8Sep2015.

TONO Rosada 2015 (sc) This Spanish inspired Hawkes Bay Rose, made from predominately Merlot with a touch of Tempranillo, is a pretty salmon pink. The bouquet is redolent of strawberries and crushed cranberries and the taste is the same with a zingy, peppery bite. Terrifically fresh and juicy with orange jubes coming into play, and the finish is full and rounded. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 13%. 7Sep2015.

Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Rose 2015 (sc) Pretty watermelon pink with attractive raspberry and cherry aromas and a fresh zingy taste of summer berries with a zesty touch of spice and a long fulfilling finish with a hint of savouriness. This rather unique blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Merlot and 25% Montepulciano is a perfect aperitif to tickle the tastebuds and have you salivating for another sip. 13% alc. $14.99. 18May2016.

Two Rivers L'ile de Beaute Marlborough Rose 2015 (sc) Donít let the pale water melon hue and delicate berry fragrance fool you because this Rosť packs a punch with its strawberry and blackcurrant flavours, its peppery bite and its long, dry, savoury finish. Terrifically concentrated with lots going on, itís a wine to drink in the sunshine served chilled to the bones. 12.5% alc. $19.99 . 6Jan2016.

Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose 2015 (sc) The bouquet and flavour of this pretty candy floss pink coloured, moderately dry, refreshingly juicy Rose is all strawberries and cherries. There's an oily richness to the texture that adds to the mouthfeel and while a sense of lusciousness creeps in, the finish is crisp and fresh with a bright zesty tang. Served lightly chilled it's extremely tasty. 13% alc. $19.99. 2Sep2015.

2014 Vintage [top] [index]

8 Ranges Tussock Ridge Central Otago Pinot Rose 2014 (sc) This attractive looking, crisp, dry-ish Rosť has a luminescent watermelon hue, an inviting scent of summer berries and a vibrant and refreshing fruit taste of early season plums and zingy apple and rhubarb with a beautifully balanced, earthy, savoury mouthfilling finish. 12.9% alc. $19.99. 10Dec2014.

Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosť 2014 (sc) The colour is like watermelon. The bouquet is like fresh berries / fresh raspberries and served chilled it tastes crisp and reasonably dry with a myriad of summer berry fruit and a harmonious savoury, lightly spicy undertone that brings a subtle suggestion of sweetness coming through on the finish in to balance. Refreshing and juicy, very easy to like. 13% alc. $22.99. 21Jan2015.

Ara Single Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose 2014 (sc) The deep hue of watermelon has a luminous almost violet tinge. Putting the glass to the nose, it is like sniffing a bowl of just picked summer berries and the taste is refreshing and thirst quenching with flavours of just ripe berries with a zesty zing of apple. An earthy note to the finish asserts the provenance of Pinot Noir and the lingering aftertaste is dry. 13% alc. $24.95. 2Dec2014.

Aronui Single Vineyard Nelson Rosť 2014 (sc) Bright ruby hued. Delicate fragrance of cherries and rosehips and a zingy bright taste with a zesty tang. Initially some slight confectionary notes in this off dry style, itís harmonised beautifully by underlying acidity, with touches of cherry and plum and a long smooth finish. Made from 100% Pinot Noir. 13.5% alc. $21.95. 19Oct2014.

Coopers Creek Huapai Rosť 2014 (sc) Made from merlot and malbec gapes grown in Aucklandís heritage wine region, the colour is pale pink, the delicately fragrant bouquet is cherries and cream with the most subtle suggestion of truffle and the taste is reasonably dry with juicy / almost crunchy flavours of cherry, strawberry and red plum with an apple-like bite to the finish and the slightest hint of orange sherbet as the delicate flavours linger. 12.5% alc. $15. 19Oct2014.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosť 2014 (sc) The gorgeous deep watermelon hue makes this wine look so pretty. The aromas and flavours are a little spicy, even a touch peppery, with early season plums and raspberries and a subtle earthy savouriness to balance the fruitiness. A blend of Merlot and Malbec, served chilled this is juicy, refreshing and tangy. Serve in a wine cooler or ice bucket to preserve the chill while it is on the table. 13% alc. $15.99. 26Nov2014.

Gibbston Valley Central Otago Rose 2014 (sc) A delightful ruby pink in hue with aromas of strawberries and rose hips, and bright citrus and strawberry flavours with a well-balanced savoury backbone and a lively, fresh finish. This is so fresh, clean and summery, itís all about simplicity and purity of the grapes. 12.5% alc. $26.99. 1Oct2014.

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Rose 2014 (sc) There's an intriguing cerise tinge to the orange/red hue of this Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from the Wairarapa. The bouquet is redolent of macerated strawberries and even the most subtle suggestion of chocolate. Then in the palate, this well chilled wine is crisp and dry on the first sip before underlying sweetness edges in. With loads of raspberries, early season plums, wild strawberries and bittersweet cherries, it's a fruity wine with a rustic edge. 13.5% alc. $25.00. 25Jan2015.

kate radburnd berry blush 2014 Ė Hawkes Bay (sc) Light baby pink with a delicate bouquet of cherries and watermelon, the fruit all red berries in the mouth. Thereís concentration to this off dry style with a touch of viscosity to the slightly oily / creamy mouthfeel. With glace cherry notes on the finish it becomes a little confectionary - perhaps why I found it more enjoyable with food than on its own. Made from 100% Hawkes Bay merlot I thought it a terrific match to pork sirloin steak char grilled on the BBQ. 12.5% alc. $18. 19Oct2014.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Rosť 2014 (sc) Like a rubellite gemstone, this is just the most gorgeous violet tinged watermelon pink. The aromas and flavours are fresh and bright with attractive and slightly piquant red berry flavours - think strawberry/raspberry/red cherry - balanced by fresh acidity with a creamy feel to the crisp, dry, savoury finish. Made to be served chilled. 13% alc. $16.99. 4Feb2015.

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2014 (sc) Delicate pale pink. Hint of strawberries and fresh raspberries on the nose. There's fruit sweetness to the taste but the wine is delightfully dry with a bright, fresh, zesty tang - definitely a hit of tangelo zest and a lovely soft finish. Delightful Pinot Noir rosť that is certified organic and biodynamic. $21.99. 13% alc. 15 Jan 2015.

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Central Otago Rosť 2014 (sc) The most delicate baby pink colour in the glass, like the colour of pink fluorite for those who know their gemstones, this perfectly chilled rosť has a delicate strawberry and cherry scent and a zesty brightness to the refreshing flavour. What I like most about this wine, however, is the exciting touch of tarragon that adds the most subtle nuance of anise. Refreshing, light and juicy, the most satisfying and exciting Rosť I have tasted from the vintage so far. 13% alc. $25.99. 22Oct2014.

Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose 2014 (sc) This is a pale pinky-orange colour - in a certain light it looks like 'orange wine'. The bouquet is delicate and floral - so aromatic and inviting with a hint of musk together with red cherries and wild strawberries. The taste is also a delight. Lightly chilled it tastes dry and tangy with some touches of early season plums underpinned by a spritzy brightness, also a subtle suggestion of tarragon and mandarin. 13.5% alc. $25.00. 27 Dec 2014.

Te Awa Left Field Hawkes Bay Rose 2014 (sc) Very pretty luminous Rubellite pink with a violet tinge that is so attractive. The aroma is strawberry in the pan truing to jam with an herbaceous / wild strawberry twang - both Neil & Christine said caramel on the nose. Strawberry is the predominant fruit - strawberries with pepper and cream. Itís fresh, crisp and dry with an herbaceous edge but just enough juicy fruit to make it quite quaffable. Perfectly good nibbler with tomatoes and crackers. 13% alc. $17.99. 17Apr2015.

Te Mania Nelson Rose 2014 (sc) The colour is a deep watermelon hue. The aroma is strawberries nicely balanced by a touch of rosehip and herb and then in the mouth, while it initially seems a sweeter style, i.e. off dry to medium, the flavours are juicy and ripe with the strawberry / cherry lusciousness brought into check by a crisp red apple finish. Made from Pinot Noir it works very well with tomatoes, and surprisingly with chocolate raisins - they were in the fruit and nut mix. 14% alc. $19.99. 18Jan2015.

Terra Sancta Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosť 2014 (sc) Very pretty pink sapphire, almost ruby in hue. The fragrant red berry aroma has a touch of orange zest, a twist of herb and is a touch spicy too. Fantastic rounded mouthfeel, creamy Ė like cherry and raspberry ripple ice cream Ė with the most delicate touch of tannin and an underlying savouriness that makes it seem so balanced. Just off dry with moderate palate weight and just delicious and refreshing when chilled. 13.5% alc. $22.99. 29Oct2014.

Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Rosť 2014 (sc) Gem-like ruby pink Ė clean, clear, bright. The bouquet of raspberries and plums is juicy and inviting and the full flavoursome taste has an intense fruit concentration. A fabulous fresh, juicy style with a refreshing tingle of zest, satisfying mouthfeel and excellent length where a touch or savouriness comes through to balance the fruitiness beautifully. Served chilled, I loved this just on its own. 13% alc. $21.95. 19Oct2014.

Two Rivers of Marlborough L'ile de Beaute Rosť 2014 (sc) The delicate baby pink hue is clear and bright, and the bouquet of briar rose hips and red cherries is just a delight. The texture is tending towards oily and the sweetness level is off dry. There's a touch of pepper that comes through on the savoury finish to balance the fruit sweetness beautifully. Made from Pinot Noir, it must be served chilled to the bones. 12.5% alc. $19.99. 7Jan2015.

Villa Maria Private Bin Light Hawkes Bay Rosť 2014 (sc) The bouquet of this light pink beauty radiates gorgeous creamy strawberry scents with the most subtle suggestion of vanilla, and the taste is bright and fresh with just a tickle of spice, like stewed rhubarb and strawberries seasoned with piquant black pepper. Chilled to the bones it is refreshing and delicious. I just want to eat strawberries with this. Made from pinot gris and merlot blended together, this is trendy lighter alcohol wine. 9% alc. $14. 19Oct2014.

2013 Vintage [top] [index]

8 Ranges Central Otago Pinot Rosť 2013 (sc)This is an exciting dry-styled Rosť with a light watermelon pink colour, cherry and raspberry aromas and a tangy brightness to the refreshing flavour. There's an intriguing underlying herbaceousness and a hint of strawberry and watermelon as the summery flavours linger. 13.5% alc. $28.99. 8Jan2014.

Aronui Single Vineyard Nelson Pinot Rose Noir Rosť 2013 (sc) The fragrant bouquet offers up scents of red and blue berry aromas with a sight earthy nuance that's distinctly pinotesque. The wine is expansive and mouthfilling with a spicy tingle to the crushed strawberry flavours and vinous complexities, yet the finish is crisp and fresh with a hint of tangerine. For me, however, the lingering taste is jut a little sweet and slightly confectionary, so serve very chilled and make sure the wine stays chilled. 14% alc. $21.95. 22Nov2013.
There's a touch of anise to the vibrant red berry aromas of this deep watermelon-hued rosť. Off dry and weighty for Rosť with a creamy texture, concentrated strawberry and cherry fruit, underlying zest and a long, juicy finish. Twenty-four hours skin contact imparts an unusually darker Pinot Noir rosť hue. 14% alc. $17.99. 5Feb2014.

Black Estate North Canterbury Netherwood Rose 2013 (sc) Thereís a hint of violet to the hue (purple garnet). Unusual nose of dark berries and plums then dried rose petals. Fresh and spicy with a nice savoury depth, moderately full-bodied for Rose. Has some red guava, dark cherry fruit, a touch of apple rhubarb sweetness to the finish. Unusual especially with the slight tannic grip. Well balanced. An earthy finish, spicy kick. Fascinating wine made from co-fermented26-year-old Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. 12% alc. $28.00. 22Nov2013.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec Rosť Rose 2013 (sc) Rich ruby. Fruits of the forest and vanilla ice cream on the nose and vibrant fresh berries and juicy plum flavours. Full-bodied and dry in style with a smooth, rounded texture, itís a blend of Merlot and Malbec as usual. One of the best every year. 14% alc. $20. 10Sep2013.
This is so gorgeous-to-look-at with its light ruby / deep watermelon pink hue. Reasonably gutsy for Rosť, it has a teasing aroma of brambles and cherries and it's just off dry to the taste with body and texture with berry fruit flavours supported by a very appealing touch of tarragon. Serve chilled. 14% alc. $15.99. 15Jan2014.

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Rose 2013 (sc) It's a light, pinky red - deep watermelon if you like - and the aroma is a little like raspberry sherbet. There's richness to the texture and although just a little sweet with boiled lolly flavours, even when chilled to the bones, there's a touch of bitter orange and rose hip on the finish and light tannin grip. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. 13.5% alc. $25.00. 17Dec2013.

Heron's Flight Matakana un bacio d'alba Dolcetto Rose 2013(sc) This has a pretty 'watermelon tourmaline' hue and there is an appealing floral nuance and vinous berry concentration to the scent but it is contrastingly savoury in the palate where the fruit reminds me of rhubarb, apple and lemon sherbet with a yin-yang sweet-sour contest going on. Made from 100% Dolcetto, a change from the everyday style of Rose, the finish is crisp, refreshing and dry with a light tannin grip. Try with a Mediterranean vegetable platter - include eggplant. 12% alc. $25.00. 17Dec2013.

Kim Crawford Hawkes Bay Pansy Rose 2013 (sc) Gem-like ruby. Cherry on the nose and crisp, fresh and juicy in the palate with strawberry fruit, a lovely balanced savouriness in behind and a touch of black pepper, finishing just off-dry. A blend of 63% Merlot, 37% Malbec. 13% alc. $18.00. 1/09/2013.

Mahurangi River Matakana 'Pretty in Pink' Merlot Rose 2013 (sc) Very evocative light ruby with a fluorescent blue-pink glow. There's a candied fennel nuance to the summery berry scent and although considerable sweetness, when served chilled to the bones, it has textural viscosity and the flavours are reminiscent of watermelon and coconut ice with a punch of orange liqueur and a lingering finish of strawberries and cream. You think momentarily it's too sweet, but it has a dry savoury finish and seduces you to have more. 100% Merlot. 13% alc. $24.00. 17Dec2013.

Matawhero Gisborne Pinot Rose 2013 (sc) Pale ruby pink. A hint of mandarin joins the fresh summer berry scent. Textural in the palate, just a touch of sweetness, call if 'off dry', with fresh blueberry and cherry and subtle tarragon notes in behind and a tingle of spice on the refreshing watermelon-like finish. 13% alc. $25.90 17Dec2013.

MIDDLE EARTH TM Nelson Pinot Meunier Rose 2013 (sc) Made from one of the three traditional Champagne grapes, this gorgeous gem-like pink-hued wine is so full of sun-ripened cherries and strawberries, it is truly summer in a glass. It's invitingly aromatic and tastes just off dry, and the texture is silky and mouthcoating. Lovely fresh Rosť with a juicy brightness, the style of Rosť could make pink wines very popular again. 12% alc. $17.99. 9Oct2013.

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Central Otago Rosť 2013 (sc) Very pretty candyfloss pink in hue with strawberry and watermelon aromas and a tickle of spritz in the palate where there is an exciting array of flavours ranging from tropical fruit to strawberry and cherry Ė delicious juicy summer fruit from all spectrums, topped off by the exciting freshness to the finish. Dry in style and pricey for Rosť but very impressive. 13.5% alc. $26.99. 22Jan2014.

Saint Clair Marlborough Vicars Choice Bright Light Sauvignon Blanc Rose 2013 (sc) You see a delicate pink wine that's like a pink beryl gemstone in hue, but the aromas are not the typical red berry profile - you smell something you donít expect - sauvignon blanc! And a slightly 'sweaty' one at that. Some Sauvs are described as having blackcurrant, and I never get it, but I do in this one, but perhaps because there's a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon in here too. Itís fresh, tangy and vibrant with a zing of lime, a whisper of mango, the bite of capsicum, a flash of pineapple sherbet and a soft lingering finish. Very refreshing. A cool summer drink! Two for the price of one. 9.5% alc. $19.50. 18Dec2013.

Sileni Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Cabernet Franc Rose 2013 (sc) This has a gorgeous pink tourmaline gem colour and a bouquet of strawberries and cream with a touch of briar rose that carries through to the juicy, succulent palate. It's a dry styled Rosť with an underlying creaminess to the strawberry and ripe summer berry flavours with a tickle of spice and a long fresh zingy finish. 14% alc. $16.99. 2Oct2013.
Pale watermelon colour with a juicy berry-fruitier, which makes it seem sweeter even though it is a reasonably dry style. With great mouthfeel and texture and a fresh zing to the finish, there's lots to like about this summer day wine. Serve chilled. 14% alc. $16.99. 15Jan2014.

Two Degrees 2ļ Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosť 2013 (sc) A pretty pinky red colour with an inviting bouquet of raspberries and cream. So bright and tangy with a vibrant juicy freshness yet it has an evocative earthy note too. Thirst quenching and satisfying. Born to be served chilled. 13.5% alc. $26.99. 4Dec2013.

Two Rivers Marlborough Líile de Beauty Rose 2013 (sc) Candyfloss pink. Cherry and classical Pinot Noir earthy savouriness on the nose and a bright, fresh and zingy taste with a flavour profile thatís just off-dry. Juicy strawberry and summer berries fill the palate with underlying tangelo and a rose petal finish. 12.5% alc. $25. 10Sep2013.

Waimea Nelson Pinot Rose 2013 (sc) Vibrant ruby tinged pink. Lovely fresh, fruity, full of summer berries fragrance with well-balanced savoury undertones. Juicy red fruits, raspberries I think, with a savoury twist to the spicy aftertaste. Bright and carefree. And early season plum notes coming through. Sucking on a plum stone (Mumís Xmas plums). Still a touch sweet but OK for Rose. 11.5% alc. $23.99. 22Nov2013.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Blondie 2013 (sc) Made from 100% Pinot Noir with very little skin contact, this is a 'barely there' pink. Fresh fruit aromas, like freshly squeezed home grown oranges with a hint of strawberry then. like its silky textured sibling, it's characterised by a soft smooth, mouthfilling texture. Light with zingy citrus and chilled watermelon juiciness, there's a savoury vinosity in behind that's true to the pinot grape. Refreshing. 13.5% alc. $28.00. 17Dec2013.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir Rose 2013 (sc) Pale ruby, Quite a pungent aromas and vibrant and tangy in the palate with a slightly oiliness that imparts a soft rounded texture and a mouthcoating impression. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this is crisp and dry. 14% alc. $25.00. 17Dec2013
This has a light watermelon hue and an aroma a little akin to strawberry tea. It's moderately dry with a lightly oily texture and a subtle earthy savoury note that underpins the strawberry jus and bittersweet cherry fruit with red apple and freshness, brightness and crunchiness to the finish. 14.5% alc. $24.99. 5Feb2014.

2012 Vintage [top] [index]

Alpha Domus Hawkes Bay The Pilot Rose 2012 (sc) Pale pink. Delicately berryish with briar nose on the otherwise neutral nose. Just off dry with a tingle to the texture, it's juicy and fresh with hints of strawberry in the background. Made from 100% Merlot, a sense of earthiness adds to its charm. Light, clean, delicate and subtle. Excellent with chicken marinaded in orange juice, balsamic, garlic and honey. 12.5% alc. $21.95. 29Dec2012.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec Rosť 2012 (sc) Deep watermelon hue. There's an inviting bouquet of cherry but the fruit-filled palate is more reminiscent of blackcurrant initially but there is pepper and strawberry on the finish. There's richness and weight, and the merest suggestion of tannin that makes it seems more like a light red style rather than a frivolous pink. Served lightly chilled, it really is the perfect lunchtime or aperitif drink. 12.5% alc. $15.99. 21Nov2012.

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Rose 2012 (sc) Pale pink hue. Cherry, plum and briar rose on the nose, fairly neutral however and a little earthy too. This is light-bodied yet fresh and tangy with hints of cherry and citrus. Made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec from Dakins Rd, this is dry, clean and nicely balanced. 13% alc. $25.00. 29Dec2012.

Heron's Flight Matakana un bacio d'alba Dolcetto Rose 2012(sc) Pale spinel pink. Juicy homemade orange juice on the nose and subtle summery berry flavours and zingy grapefruit-like spritz in the palate. Light and refreshing with a slightly chalky texture and a crisp, dry herbaceous finish. Made from 100% Dolcetto grapes with some CO2 added at bottling to make it zesty. 11.5% alc. $23.00. 17Dec2013.

Invivo Marlborough Sophie's Rose 2012 (sc) A pale pinky cerise in hue and with vinous richness to the scent, this tangy, fresh wine is vibrant and juicy. Despite being made from Pinot Noir it has surprising Sauvignon Blanc-like flavours - it's grassy with apple and summer herbs, and a subtle stonefruit underlayer. Whatever they've done they've imparted plenty of punch. I think it will be popular this summer. 13.5% alc. $21.90. 29Dec2012.
Pale ruby / watermelon hue. Aromatic cherries, Xmas plums, pink bubblegum, earth and spice fill the bouquet. Fresh and fruity in the palate, it tastes just off dry and juicy with orange peel, blackboy peach, a hint of rose petal, tropical fruit and a crisp tangy finish. Served chilled, there's lots going on in this wine. 13.5% alc. $16.99. 9Jan2013.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Rose 2012 (sc) Mid-hued cerise. A pleasing and rich bouquet of summer berries. Rich, ripe and tasty with richness to the body and texture. Ripe plum and cherry fruits with a well-honed savoury backbone and a lovely infusion of spritzy tangelo zest. Fresh, bright, dry, tangy and long with a touch of strawberry as the flavours linger. 13% alc. $19.00. 29Dec2012.

Mahurangi River Matakana Pretty in Pink Merlot Rose 2012 (sc) Alluring pale cerise hue with a bouquet that offers up subtle nuances of dusty roadside blackberries on a hot summers day. Surprisingly sweet in the palate, even when chilled to the bones, nevertheless it's quite textural with a hint of musk and fruit flavours of plums and cherries. Despite the sweetness it will be very popular, I think. 100% Merlot. 12% alc. $24.00. 29Dec2012.

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2012 (sc) There is the merest blush of pink to the hue of this 'white' made from 100% Pinot Noir. The nose is hard to describe: rose hips, tarragon, bath salts and apple skin are descriptors that come to mind. It is all cherries in the palate with a nutty almost Marzipan-like nuance - I could imagine sipping on this in December while putting the final touches on the Xmas cake - something to look forward to. Lovely viscosity to the texture and a seamless flow with savoury nuances and spicy tingles keeping everything in balance. Seems just off dry and needs to be chilled for most satisfying drinking. Biogro certified.13% alc. $19.99. 24/06/2013.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2012 (sc) Pale pink with delicate cherry and a touch of vanilla ice cream on those nose, this tastes medium-bodied with a touch of viscosity enhancing the texture. A suggestion of peppery spice infuses the dark cherry fruit with underlying acidity and hints of strawberry on the finish that is fresh and dry. 13% alc. $19.99. 29Dec2012.

Terra Sancta Bannockburn Central Otago Rose 2012 (sc) A deep watermelon hue, this quite delicious and juicy Rosť is vibrantly scented with wild strawberry and Black Boy peach, with cherry joining the party in the palate. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, it has richness, fruit purity and spice and a long lasting finish with enough palate weight and seemingly bone dry. 13.5% alc $22.99. 3Oct2012.

Tohu Nelson Single Vineyard Pinot Rose 2012 (sc) Youthful violet notes to the darker pink hue. The aroma is fruity, like fresh 'fruits of the forest' in jelly. Just off dry and quite light bodied (surprising because the colour makes you expect more), fruity and zesty with a subtle earthy undercurrent and perhaps even a touch of anise. Delivers in colour but fades away in the palate. Nice drinking, nevertheless. 13% alc. $21.95. 29Dec2012.

Waimea Nelson Pinot Rose 2012 (sc) Watermelon hue. Delicately fragrant with hints of apple. Seems at first quite dry in the palate but then some honey comes through, with strawberry and an underpinning of zest with Pinot Noir's earthy character coming through on the flinty finish. 13% alc. $20.00. 29Dec2012.

Wild Earth Central Otago Rosť 2012 (sc) Watermelon pink in hue with a spiced plum and cherry scent, this is fresh and super juicy in its deliciously chilled state with a spicy lift to the flavours and underlying savouriness that's perfectly balanced to the yellow plum and red cherry fruit. It's dry refreshing and tasty with a tangy finish, perfect for the amazing summer we are experiencing. 13.7 % alc. $19.99. 6Feb2013.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Blondie 2012 (sc) There's a slight pink tinge to the pale hue. Spiced nut nuances add richness to the otherwise neutral bouquet. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, in the mouth it initially displays Pinot Noir's earthy traits but very soon tropical fruit abounds - a tropical fruit salad with banana and strawberry added in. Fresh, light, tangy and bright, chilling enhances the freshness and it hits the spot on a hot summer's day. A good match to salmon. 14% alc. $25.00. 12Jan2013.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir Rose 2012 (sc) There's a hint of cerise adding depth to the pale pink hue and the aroma is reminiscent of pink bubblegum and cherries. The please scent leads into a medium-bodied palate with flesh and just a little textural grip. Cherries, plums, spice and even a hint of tobacco add intrigue to the wine, which finishes apple fresh and dry. 13.5% alc. $25.00. 29Dec2012.

Wooing Tree Tickled Pinot Rosť 2012 (sc) Here we have a watermelon coloured medium sweet style of Rosť but it has excellent acid balance to the candied fruit sweetness. The bouquet reminds me of strawberry juice and macerated cherries and it is like iced watermelon injected with strawberry liqueur in the palate. Plus there is a little of Pinot Noir's earthiness in behind. Such an interesting wine style Ė and great with the summer berry salad with meringues and cream on Xmas Day. 10% alc. $38. 25Dec2013.

Yealands Marlborough Premium Selection Sauvignoir 2012 (sc) Deep cerise. The bouquet is juicy and inviting with rich berry scents of blackcurrants and blackberry. Rich in the palate, it even seems a little smoky, with cherry, plum, tobacco and a suggestion of tannin that imparts a dry finish where there is a hint of strawberry and chocolate too. Made from Sauvignon Blanc with Teinturier from Chile blended in to provide rose colour. Doesnít taste like Sauvignon Blanc however. What I would call a 'serious' rose, it really does beg for food. 13% alc. $18.95. 29Dec2012.

2011 Vintage [top] [index]

Abbey Cellars Blushing Monk Hawkes Bay Rose 2011 (sc) Rubellite tourmaline coloured with an aroma that evokes memories of late summer, stopping to pick warm, juicy blackberries on the side of a dusty country road. There's a floral intrigue to the scent and the taste of this rather seriously-styled Rosť builds in intensity in the palate. Earthy, savoury, spicy and soft with a creamy backbone and blackberry and raspberry fruit rippling through it, it's long and full with the dry finish balanced by the vinous sweetness. 12.5% alc. $19.95. 10Nov2011.

Ake Ake Vineyard Northland Vin Du Soleil 2011 (sc) Probably a first for New Zealand, as it's a Tempranillo and Chambourcin blend. There's a slight smoky whiff, perhaps the tobacco of Tempranillo, and the flavours are fruity in a fascinating fruit salad kind of way. A savoury backbone balances the fruit, it's just off dry, there's textural richness and the lingering flavours are pleasing. Lovely food friendly wine. 11.5% alc. $18.00. 29Sep2011.

Heron's Flight Matakana un bacio d'alba Sangiovese Dolcetto 2011 (sc) Lovely clear bright spinel with a radiant pink glow. Savoury, yet cherryish on the nose, this initially seems off dry yet is crisp and refreshing and quenching. A gentle wine with a touch of viscosity to the texture, delicate strawberry and cherry fruit, an expansive finish and a well-balanced spicy tang, there's also an intriguing nuance of boot leather and funk. Some tannin in the wine, which holds it together. 12.5% alc. $25.00. 10Nov2011.

Invivo Sophie's Marlborough Rose 2011 (sc) Pale fluorite pink coloured, this has a pleasing savouriness and Pinot Noir-like herb nuances to the scent that carry through to the palate Ė really shows the characters of the earthy Pinot Noir grape. Rounded mouthfeel with a touch of viscosity, fruit flavours reminiscent of yellow fleshed early season plums and a touch of sweetness to the finish. 3.2 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $21.90. 10Nov2011.

Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir Rose 2011 (sc) Strawberries on the nose carry through to the palate. It's crisp and tangy with an earthy backbone, lots of cherry and strawberry fruit and not too sweet either. Tasted at room temp, 17ļC, it has an oily texture, but when chilled to around 12ļC, a pleasing crispness is introduced. But palatable at both temperatures. 13% alc. $19.95. 24Jan2012.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Rose 2011 (sc) A pretty baby pink colour with perfumed floral nuances to the strawberry and cherry aroma, cherry fruit fills the palate. There's some spritz to the texture that adds freshness and verve and a tingle of tangy sweet citrus on the finish. Nicely balanced and refreshing. 6.8 g/l rs. 12.5% alc. $19.00. 29Sep2011.
Watermelon hue. Delicate strawberryish bouquet. Quite fresh and zesty in the palate with well balanced off dry sweetness and fruit flavours of strawberry and red cherry with a crisp savoury undercurrent. Don't believe the hype you hear about drinking Rosť on release - this is a tasty wine 18 months on from vintage. 12.5% alc. $16.99. 7Nov2012.

Maui Marlborough Rose 2011 (sc) Pale ruby. Earthy aroma with a brambly nuance, lightly viscous, a touch of sweetness and a full fruity finish with pleasing oomph. 100% Pinot Noir. 13.5% alc. $17.95. 3Jan2012.

Omata Estate Russell Summer Merlot 2011 (sc) A salmon pink colour, it has an earthy savoury aroma with typical Merlot leathery nuances and is a rich wine in the palate but quite sweet, even with chilling. Tastes like fresh grapes with a berry richness coming through. 12.5% alc. $24.00. 29Sep2011.

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2011 (sc) Pale watery pink. Sweetish strawberry aroma and juicy but delicate strawberry and sherbet flavours. A lighter style with a touch of sweetness and a subtle infusion of tarragon and tangelo. Chill well because at room temp it's a bit sweet. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 3Jan2012.

Richmond Plains Nelson Monarch Rose 2011 (sc) Clear pink sapphire. Cherry/strawberry aroma. Lovely crisp, dry, style with concentration and vinosity. Cherry and earthy nuances of Pinot Noir combine beautifully, and there's a lingering hint of Black Boy peach. 14% alc. $19.99. 3Jan2012.

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Central Otago Rose 2011 (sc) This palest rose pink-coloured tipple has a subtle floral aroma and the flavour has a grapey vinosity with an earthy nuance, a touch of fresh strawberry, a hint of pepper and a zing of citrus. Light and delicate but the finish is refreshing and juicy. 13.5% alc. $23.99. 28Sep2011.
Pale pink coloured. The aroma is cherry with a tangelo sweetness and a berry fruit herb tea. Seems a little sweet to start but savoury characters kick in to bring it into balance and the lingering taste is dry and crisp. Watermelon, peppered strawberries and citrus come to mind and there is definitely some spritz. Serve well chilled and experience something different. 11 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $23.00. 10Nov2011.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2011 (sc) Light ruby with a violet tint. Pink bubblegum on the nose carries through to the sweet and lightly berryish palate, yet it has more concentration than the nose would suggest. Gummy esters make the lips feel sticky, it's full of concentrated plum and cherry flavours with a savoury herbal backbone to counteract the rich fruit sweetness. 14% alc. $18.99. 3Jan2012.

Ti Point Tess Matakana Coast White Merlot 2011 (sc) The pink is so pale, it's barely there. A light wine, dare I say a little reminiscent of Pinot Gris with orchard fruit and the most delicate hint of citrus, and perhaps some strawberry nuances coming through, there's a mid palate vinous richness and the finish is clean. It's a wine that I think will have wide appeal. 5 g/l rs. 12.5% alc. $17.00. 29Sep2011.

Tiki Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose 2011 (sc) Almost a fluorescent red in colour, the bright young wine has aromas that exude the earthy savouriness of the Pinot Noir grape in the best possible way. The savouriness follows through to the palate with flavours of blackboy peaches, early season plums and a subtle touch of spices. Quite dry and deliciously refreshing. 5.5 g/l rs. 13.4% alc. $19.95. 20Dec2011.

Tohu Single Vineyard Nelson Pinot Rose 2011 (sc) A baby pink colour with an earthy pinot noir-like scent, fruit is in the strawberry and cherry spectrum and the finish is spicy and sweet. 11.5 g/l rs. 14.5% alc. $24.95. 29Sep2011.

Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Rose 2011 (sc) Clear ruby violet with a black cherry aroma, this is dry, crisp, fresh and savoury. A serious and moderately weighty Rosť with cassis, leather, spice, an earthy undercurrentg and a tangy finish, it's predominantly Cabernet Franc with lesser proportions of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Metro Top 100 wine. 13% alc. $14.99. 14Dec2011.

Tatty Bogler Central Otago Pinot Noir Rose 2011 (sc) There's a cherry richness to the otherwise quite delicate scent. A more textural style because of its sweetness (10 g/l rs) with a spicy nuance infusing the juicy, almost nectar-like fruit - I get red cherries, a hint of strawberry and fresh blueberries together with sugared violet sweetness and a zesty flourish.. 13.5% alc. $25.00. 29Dec2012.

Waimea Nelson Pinot Rose 2011 (sc) Delicate pale ruby in colour, it smelt and tasted of pinot noir grapes. Enticingly fruity with richness to the flavour, it has a red fruity freshness with underlying touches of strawberry. A serious Rosť that's quite dry, it does what it is meant to and the finish is tangy and fresh. 7.5 g/l rs. 13% alc. $21.00. 29Sep2011.

2010 Vintage [top] [index]

Awa Valley Single Vineyard Kumeu Rose 2010 (sc) Pale watery pink. Concentrated aromas of fresh summer berries and orange peel and mouthfilling flavours of watermelon, musk and candy floss with a touch of spicy zest. A touch sweet but in balance to the weight of the wine. 12.7% alc. $15.00. 3Jan2012.

Bald Hills Friends and Lovers Central Otago Rose 2010 (sc) Clear ruby purple, youthful and glowing - like a fuchsia. Cherry, Xmas plums and hints of strawberry on the nose. A bounty of summer berries in the moderately full-bodied palate. Quite savoury, it's dry in style with a long rich finish a, nuance of herbs, a tickle of zest and spice - lots of flavour and enjoyment here. 13.24% alc. $22.00. 3Jan2012.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosť 2010 (sc) A blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Malbec, this is a lighter colour than it has been in the past. This salmon pink-hued wine is a lovely fruity Rosť with strawberries and cherries and a dry, savoury, earthy backbone, which makes it so appealing. This is definitely one for the Rosť purists. 14% alc. $24. 31Oct2010.

Heron's Flight Matakana un bacio d'alba Sangiovese Rosť 2010 (sc) One year on from vintage when tasted but still very fresh, flavoursome and juicy with a tickle of citrussy zest and lingering flavours of strawberry. It has a touch of sweetness but when well chilled it's beautifully balanced and I'm besotted when I'm kissed at the end by the lingering hint of tarragon. $25. 29Oct2011.

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2010 (sc) Very pale - just the slightly hint of 'onion skin' to the hue. Grapey on the nose, like earthy pinot noir grapes. Smells dry and it is moderately dry in the palate - and spicy! Ginger-like spice and citrus zest. Quite sophisticated with good palate weight and viscosity and hint of peach sherbet on the finish. 6.9 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 9Jan2011.

Rockburn 'Stolen Kiss' Central Otago Rosť 2010 (sc) A gorgeous watermelon pink-coloured wine that performs best with chilling. The bouquet is reminiscent of heady peach blossoms and glace cherries. Made from pinot noir it has the grape's natural savouriness with fruit reminiscent of strawberry and watermelon and a lovely long mouthcoating finish. It's a perfect sipper best served chilled to enjoy on a sunny afternoon or to accompany wood smoked salmon - either as an entrťe or canapes. 14% alc. $20. 6Sep2010.

Soljans Estate Two Daughters Gisborne Rose 2010 (sc) Pretty watermelon pink. The wine smells sweet and ripe with a hint of citrus augmenting the juicy strawberry and cherry scent. That citrussy almost sherbet-like note drives through the medium-bodied palate where strawberry, cherry and watermelon flavours abound. A hint of tarragon adds a lovely anise with more summer herbs on the dry finish, which has a very pleasing spicy tang. And the juiciness lingers in the mouth long after the wine is swallowed. A blend of Pinotage and Muscat. 10 g/l rs. 12% alc. $17.00. 9Jan2011.

Spy Valley Marlborough Rose 2010 (sc) Pale pink with a hint of sherbet on the nose and quite zesty in the bright fresh tangy palate. A fun-filled summer afternoon drink. Acidity adds vibrancy while the cherry fruit is subtle and the lingering finish has a savoury depth. Juicy. Serve in an ice bucket and enjoy in the sun. 3 g/l rs. 14% alc. $21.90. 9Jan2011.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2010 (sc) Moderately pale pink here's a cherry richness to the and while a little tart and herbal on entry to the palate, the sweetness of the wine complements this. Glace cherries, and herbs with underlying citrus and richness to the finish. Serve chilled. 14% alc. $18.99. 9Jan2011.

Ti Point Matakana Rosť 2010 (sc) Delightful dark watermelon hue. Aromas of strawberry and a sweet palate with a rich savoury undercurrent and the slightest touch of fruitcake spice. Starts off sweet but finishes quite savoury. A beautiful match to fresh new season strawberries and Camembert together. 13% alc. $21.90. 25Oct2010.

Tussock Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2010 (sc) Pale watermelon pink. A hint of strawberry to the scent. More strawberry and raspberries and juicy, fresh, yellow-fleshed plums come forth in the taste. Just off dry with underlying earthy savouriness, it is light, fresh and frivolous and full of promise of summer. 12.5% alc. $14.99 17Nov2010.

Villa Maria East Coast Rosť 2010 (sc) Very pale salmon pink with delicate fruity aromas and light fruity flavours that finish with a zing of citrus and a touch of spice. A blend of mostly white grapes from Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough with a splash of Malbec for colour, perhaps not for the Rosť purists but it will be appealing for the masses to drink. 13% alc. $20. 31Oct2010.

Waimea Nelson Pinot Rose 2010 (sc) Watermelon in hue with a translucent glow. Moderately sweet with strawberry, bitter cherry and citrus zest. 13.5% alc. $18.90. 9Jan2011.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Rose 2010 (sc) Watermelon pink. Pinot Noir shows it character on the nose and there are light red berry fruit flavours in the palate - think cherries and strawberries with a touch of rhubarb, and the refreshing finish is dry. 5.2 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $25.00. 9Jan2011.

2009 Vintage [top] [index]

Amisfield Central Otago Saignee Rosť 2009 (sc) Vivid cerise in colour with a fluorescent glow. Served chilled it has body and texture and a bright fresh flavour with strawberry and cherry and some herbaceous notes slightly reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc. But this is 100% Pinot Noir bled off from fermenting Pinot Noir juice. Best when chilled to the bone - when it warms up a little, it seems just a little too sweet. Ice bucket wine. 13.8% alc. $25. 28Sep2009.

Butterfish Bay Northland Paewhenua Rosť 2009 (sc) Vivid in colour and seemingly quite dry to the taste with a slightly savoury nuance to the wild red berry fruit, a suggestion of herb and a touch of zest to the finish. Served chilled for best results because once the chilled edge comes off, it as actually quite sweet and the finish is tart. Doesn't state the grape varieties it is made from.15/20. 28Sep2009.

Corazon Mangatawhiri Single Vineyard Syrah Rose 2009 (sc) This dry, medium-bodied Rosť has a lovely clear, deep pink colour. Strawberry, cherry, dried herbs and delicate peppery spices interweave into the earthy, savoury backbone of this wine that has a smooth, oily texture and brightness to the lingering finish. 13.2% alc. $18.00. 17Jul2010.

Gladstone Wairarapa Rose 2009 (sc) Salmon pink. Red berry aromas with a squeeze of mandarin. Juicy, lightly viscous, red berry fruits, a touch of zest a zing of spice. Very pleasing to the taste with a long full finish and finishes dry. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. 14.5% alc. $22. 13Dec2009.

Gillman Matakana Clairet 2009 (D) A blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this is a pinky red colour with a vibrancy to it, and while it looks like a deeper coloured Rosť that's where any similarity ends. That's because it's Clairet rather than Rosť, with vanillin oak and subtle tannins. A light, juicy, fruity red that has a well-balanced touch of sweetness and is deliciously easy to drink. 14% alc. $30.00. 29Sep2011.

Hawks Nest Matakana Cabernet Franc Rosť 2009 (sc) Salmon pink in colour, this dry styled Rosť has a pretty perfume and cool, fresh, crisp flavours of strawberry and raspberry with just a touch of savouriness, a suggestion of spiciness, subtle grip and a light viscosity. Serve chilled it is quite refreshing. 13% alc. $22. 1Nov2009.

Jules Taylor Rosť 2009 (sc) Ruby pink with a lustrous glow, this gorgeous fruity Rosť is fresh, crisp and tantalisingly dry with flavours of macerated strawberry, spiced cherry and cream. 100% merlot made from Gisborne fruit. 13% alc. $21.99. 9Sep2009.
Light ruby pink in colour with aromas of dried plums, brambles and spice, this seems quite dry. Fruit is in the strawberry and plum spectrum and a touch of liquorice hums through the silky backbone. Made from 100% Merlot, it's made to be chilled and tastes just delish straight from the fridge. 13% alc. $19.99. 6Jan2010.

Kina Beach Nelson Merlot Rosť 2009 (sc) Rich pinky red. Served chilled this initially seems like a sweeter wine with brightness to the cherry fruit, softness to the texture and the finish all strawberry and cream. But this was even better as the chilled edge wore off and the well balanced acidity came through. A good food style of Rosť - if you want to actually want to eat with this style of wine. 12.5% alc. $20. 28Sep2009.

Locharburn Central Otago Rosť 2009 (sc) A gorgeous light pink spinel gemstone colour. Aromas of bright red cherry fruit mingling with a pinot earthiness lead into a slightly viscous, full-bodied (for Rosť) spicy palate with a touch of pink bubble gum coming through and spiced macerated strawberry. Made from rows designated for this style of wine and treated like a white wine in the winery, it is crisp and cry with natural fruit sweetness. 13.7% alc. $22.95. 18Feb2010.

Man o War Waiheke Island Rose 2009 (sc) Made from 100% Merlot, this is deep ruby pink - gorgeous and bright. However the smell is like mercurochrome or something reminiscent of childhood cut and grazes remedies. That character carrying through to the palate. Herbal and numbing. The colour and the viscosity of the texture are the best features. 13% alc. $25. 13Dec2009.

Martinborough Vineyards Rose 2009 (sc) Immediately the fruity floral richness stands out in a crowd. Early season plums and strawberries come to mind. But even though it's chilled it seems quite sweet. The finish is long and savoury with spiced strawberries and cherries coming through. 8 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $20.00. 9Jan2011.

Mount Dottrel Central Otago Saignee Rose 2009 (sc) A beautiful translucent watermelon pink colour that just looks so delightful in the glass. Served chilled it's a little shy on the nose to start but later I detect strawberry and cherry with a hint of wild thyme. A light touch of viscosity is rather pleasing and it's fairly dry with concentrated strawberry and a hint of black cherry with extra complexity from a small portion of barrel ferment. Matches well to salty pork. 14% alc. $23.95. 11Nov2009.

Muddy Water Growers Series Waipara Rose 2009 (sc) Light ruby pink in hue, this savoury Rose made from Pinot Noir grapes has hints of darker fruit - darker skinned grapes, hints of purple / violets, later strawberry. A full-bodied style for rose with a savoury depth, with a little bit of grip from the tannins. It's just fabulous with rocket. 13.5% alc. $17. 13Dec2009.

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Central Otago Rose 2009 (sc) A transparent baby pink colour to the eye. There's an earthy nuance to the aroma and the fruit is an amalgam of strawberry, cherry and early season yellow fresh plums. Spicy and zesty to the taste, crisp and fresh, juicy and refreshing with a tangy bite - the acidic backbone could play into its favour depending on the day. 100% Pinot Noir. 14% alc. $18. 13Dec2009.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2009 (sc) A deep watermelon coloured hue. A little earthy on the nose - a hint of wild strawberry too. A dry wine to the taste with some viscosity to the texture. Dark red fruits with a savoury undercurrent, a herbaceous note and a salty tang to the finish. 13% alc. $19. 13Dec2009.

Villa Maria East Coast Rosť 2009 (sc) Made from a blend of red grapes, but dominantly Merlot (82%), this fruity tasting, cherry pink-coloured Rosť has cherry-like fruit and a lovely savoury complexity with a flourish of spice to the finish. It has a light viscosity to the texture and a hint of orange peel adding brightness to the end. A dry style wine and refreshing for summer.13 alc. $17. 8Nov2009.

Waimea Nelson Pinot Rose 2009 (sc) There's berry richness to the scent - red berries, wild berries, hot summer day berries. Dry on entry to the palate but broadens quickly - like cranberry and apple tea with a herb infusion, a touch of rosehip and a spicy sweetness to the finish. Viscosity adds to the mouthfeel. 13% alc. $17.90. 9Jan2011.

Wooing Tree 'Blondie' Central Otago Blanc de Noir 2009 (sc) Blondie is the very palest of pink with a bouquet a little like a neutral Pinot Gris infused with glace cherries, and subtle strawberry and cherry flavours. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, it has a pleasing viscosity to the texture with a soft mid palate richness and a fresh zing of acidity to the savoury finish. 14% alc. $26.99. 10Mar2010.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Rose 2009 (sc) Pale watermelon pink..Earthy, savoury, just a little funky with a discernable truffle scent. in the palate there's wild strawberry and bitter cherry with vinous sweetness to balance the fruit. texturally quite pleasing, a serious style of Pinot Noir rose. 13.5% alc. $23. 13Dec2009.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Tickled Pink 2009 (sc) Transparent baby pink colour with a rosy glow - candy floss, pale watermelon hues. Cherryish aroma and a lightly viscous palate, sweetish, even a little honeyed, play on strawberries and cream with a squeeze of tangelo and the flavours linger beautifully. Delicious if you like a sweeter style - it's actually made as a sweet wine. I couldn't spit it out in the tasting. 108g/l residual sugar. 11% alc. $35. 13Dec2009 375ml bottle.

2008 Vintage [top] [index]

25 Steps Central Otago Pinot Rose 2008 (sc) Light pink. Quite closed on nose - a hint of boot leather. Earthy, savoury, lots of anise-flavoured herb. It's totally juicy and fresh with a citrussy brightness and a spicy aftertaste. Well-balanced with a touch of sweetness. 14% alc. $24.95. 3Jan2009.

Amisfield Central Otago Saignee Rose 2008 (sc) Pretty light pink. A touch stalky perhaps. Fruit and sugar sweetness with an underlying acidic bite. Quite creamy but not perfectly balanced. Will be better chilled? Rosehips, red berries, lots of fruit flavour and a zesty brightness to the aftertaste. Made from a range of clones of Pinot Noir. 7 g/l rs. 13.9% alc. $25.00. 3Jan2009.

Askerne Hawkes Bay Rose 2008 (sc) Deep pink. Slightly earthy, Pinot-ish scent. Zesty brightness to the palate. An abundance of strawberry and cherry with a zesty undercurrent - even a little spritzy as it dances on the tongue. Tastes like a white wine with a berry infusion - which is what Rosť is, in many ways, made to do. Fresh and easy. A touch of raspberry too. Made from predominantly Merlot. A rare dry style.. 13% alc. $16.00. 3Jan2009.

Bald Hills Friends & Lovers Rosť 2008 (sc) This Central Otago Pinot Noir rosť smells fruity and there's a delicate citrussy infusion to the pretty strawberry flavour. Juicy, just off dry - a lighter, or should I say 'delicate' style - and quite a pleasing drink. Doesn't really give out any clues that it has already had a year in the bottle. 13% alc. $22. 28Sep2009.

Dolbel Estate Hawkes Bay Rosť 2008 (sc) Dark in colour - transparent pinky red with an orange-y glow. Like cake cherry on the nose and rich and savoury in the palate with a sweetish disposition to the savoury backbone and a citrussy finish, it's like a light red wine with the earthiness of Merlot and a plummy backbone - and not tasting like it is one-year-old Rosť at all. A short time in oak has added complexity but no oak flavour. 13% alc. $20. 28Sep2009.

Domain Road Central Otago Rose 2008 (sc) Beautiful baby fluorite mineral pink. Perfumed, pretty floral aromas - pink coconut ice without the coconut. Quite a sweetish palate despite being fermented to off dry. Served chilled, it has viscosity and texture to the strawberry fruit and a spicy, zesty flourish to the finish and really good length. At first not as good as I thought it was going to be based on first note (Sept 08) but good, nevertheless and the longer I taste and muse over it, the more I like it. Made from 100% Pinot Noir. 13.5% alc. 25Apr2009.

Gladstone Wairarapa Rose 2008 (sc) Medium pink. Good nose. Nicely balanced, smooth - almost oily texture, very good structure and flavour. Berries, honeyed orange, spice. Perhaps just a little high toned. Made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec grapes. 7.72 g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $21.00. 3Jan2009.

Hyperion Demeter Matakana Rose 2008 (D) Made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this has a hint of orange to the clear salmon hue. A savoury style of Rose, unusually very dry and while full of dried mint and tarragon to start it sweetens up with a liquorice nuance (like you'd find in tarragon), blackcurrant and raspberry fruit and a piquancy to the finish. Think of it as a very light red that you can serve chilled and enjoy with savoury dishes on a hot summer's day. 13.5% alc. $17. 7 Nov 2009.

Karikari Estate Rose 2008 (crown cap) Pretty light pink hue. Sweetish in palate but with a slightly numbing, clove-like, medicinal thread. Flavours are confectionary-like with raspberry and strawberry fruit and a buttery nuance to the finish. Made in a sparkling style, but it doesn't really redeem it. 12.4% alc. $21.95. 28Sep2009.

Margrain Martinborough Pinot Rose 2008 (sc) Reddish pink. Very shy bouquet - hints of strawberries and red berries. Spicy and just a little astringent with the sweetness of the fruit and residual sugar coming through to balance the finish. Red fruit, apple, citrus and a touch of honey with some viscosity to the texture, Lightly spice with a hint of liquorice as it lingers. 11.8 g/l rs. 13% alc. $24.00. 3Jan2009.

Mount Dottrel Central Otago Saignee Rose 2008 (sc) Pale pink. A little sweet on entry, this is an earthy smelling wine. Not much fruit at all, the sweetness persists - light and pretty with delicate hints of summer berries, citrus and anise-flavoured herbs. 4.5 g/l rs. 14% alc. $23.95. 3Jan2009.

Muddy Water Growers Series Central Otago Rose 2008 (sc) Medium pink. Strong berry scent with a hint of plum, leather and tar. Crisp and zesty entry into the mouth, becoming quite creamy with a savoury undercurrent and a touch of tobacco. Flavourful, bright, zesty and long. Has good body and a little bit of grip and even at room temperature, it is not too sweet. Pinot Noir with natural ferment in both tank & barrel. 7.7 g/l rs. 13% alc. $23.00. 3Jan2009.

Neudorf Pinot Rose - Kina 2008 Nelson (sc) Very pale candy floss / fluorite pink. Delicate scents, hints of strawberries and cherries Light and pretty with just a touch of sweetness to the strawberry and citrus flavours, the latter adding a zesty brightness. A pretty wine with a touch of viscosity to the texture - it is light to medium bodied with good balance of acidity to berry fruit sweetness and a long but delicate finish with plenty of vinous appeal. 14% alc. $22.00. 3Jan2009.

Sileni Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Cabernet Franc Rose 2008 (sc) Fruit salad abounds on the nose an in the palate. Plenty of summer day brightness and tang. Picks you up, grabs you and holds you. Dried tropical fruit, sherbet, white wine brightness with red wine tints.Has the softness & texture of Pinot Gris but so much more flavour. Lots of appeal. 4.4 g/l rs. 14% alc. $19.95. 3Jan2009.

Soho Hawkes Bay Rose 2008 (sc) Light to medium pink. Slightly earthy aromas and a delicately oily texture that kind of coats the mouth. Plenty of fresh acidity adds brightness to the Christmas plum flavours (red skin / yellow flesh). There's a little but of grip an underlying herbaceousness and although medium sweet, it finishes dry. Medium to full-bodied with a berry fruit richness and a tarragon herb infusion to the gutsy finish. Made by Russell Wiggins at CJ Pask with 100% Merlot fruit. 13.5% alc. $22.00. 3Jan2009.

Southbank Pink Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (sc) Delicate strawberry-water pink. This is made from Sauvignon Blanc and it sure smells like it. Quite full in the palate with an oily texture, it's quite sweet for SB, but then it is a Pink SB. It's like strawberry and capsicum, an odd combination, and then the citrussy notes that characterise many Marlborough SB's kick in. What does the 4% Syrah adds besides the colour, I don't really know. Finishes, crisp, fresh and dry. 12.5% alc. $18.95. 25Apr2009.

Tussock Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2008 (sc) A light and delicate strawberry-ish, Pinot-ish aromas with a savoury nuance. Quite savoury to the taste, yet with bracing acidity - a Riesling style of Rosť with sweetness to the finish - which is actually quite well balanced. Lots of citrus zing to balance the earthy, mushroomy bloom. Nice finish and length. 20 g/l rs. 13% alc. $18.00. 3Jan2009.

Twin Totara Waimauku Rose 2008 (sc) This blend of Cab Franc and Merlot has a bright orange glow to the pinky colour. Perfumed and floral with rose hips - it smells juicy. Slightly sweet - but more just 'off dry' than medium, it has a lightly oily texture and spice with some citrussy zest and raspberry / unripe strawberry. A little tug of tannins gives this wine serious appeal - there's enough acidity to keep it bright and fresh. A juicy alternative to SB or Riesling.13% alc. $14.50. 20Jun2009.

Waimea Estate Nelson Pinot Rose 2008 (sc) Light to medium pink. A little closed on the nose. A little confectionary in palate but this sits in well with the structure of the wine. Slightly earthy with an underlying zestiness, a savoury spiciness and a creamy richness, A full-bodied Rosť with fruit in the blueberry spectrum. Made from Pinot Noir grapes with partial barrel ferment, this was my #1 of the blind tasting flight. 13.5% alc. $23.00. 3Jan2009.

2007 Vintage [top] [index]

Alexia Hawkes Bay Rose 2007 (sc) Doesn't seem to have the freshness of the others in the blind tasting. Savoury, earthy, a little medicinal. A strong wine, seems to be Merlot-based. Grainy textured and just a little lacking. Probably should have been drunk past summer. 13% alc. $19.95 3Jan2009.

Ascension 'The Rosarian' Matakana Pinotage Rose 2006 (sc) Light watermelon pink with raspberries and dried herbs on the nose, the flavour is all juicy strawberries and spice. Crisp on entry with a lingering sweetness and a touch of viscosity adds richness. ***. 12.5% alc. $24.00. Peter May's Pinotage Tasting: 11Nov2007.

Askerne Hawkes Bay Merlot Rosť 2007 (sc) Pretty ruby pink with abundant strawberry and cherry aromas and the soft, ripe, juicy, spicy flavours, the fruit is sweet but the wine is dry with a slightly grainy texture and just a little bit of grip and the taste lingers beautifully. 14% alc. 3-4 g/l rs. $16. 4Sep2007.
A rich deep pink with strawberry, plum and spice on the nose and more richness than you would expect from a Rosť wine in the palate. With plums, a hint of leather, strawberries, spice, a hint of liquorice and dried herb flavours, it's rounded with smooth tannins, intensity of flavour and a lasting red fruit finish. ***1/2. 23Oct2007.

Auntsfield Pretty Horses Marlborough Rosť 2007 (sc) There's a richness to the bright ruby hue. Tantalising aromas of strawberry, raspberry and cherry and crisp, fresh flavours of cherry and spice with just a touch of savouriness make this dry and textural pink, very very appealing. 100% Pinot Noir. 13.5% alc. $28. *****. 9Oct2007.

Babich East Coast Joe's Rose 2006(sc) There are orange tints to the pinky-red hue of this 50% Pinotage, 50% Merlot blend with bright citrus and strawberry flavours, hints of liquoricey herbs and a savouriness to the off dry finish. ***. 13% alc. $19.95. Peter May's Pinotage Tasting: 11Nov2007.

Bald Hills Central Otago Blanc de Pinot Noir 2006 (sc) A gorgeous, pretty, deep rose water / cherry coloured transparent pink. The nose is delicately floral with wild strawberry, sweet cherry and subtle herb scents and the palate is rich and textural and seemingly quite dry with sweet cherry, hints of strawberry and a delicate herbal / citrus twist to finish and a stonefruit character emerging on the lingering aftertaste. Soft, easy, non-confrontational and drinking surprisingly well for a 2 year old wine . made from 100% Pinot Noir. 14% alc. $14. 27Jun2008.

Coopers Creek Hawkes Bay Rosť 2007 (sc) This blend of equal proportions of Merlot and Malbec is a vitreous pink colour with a lustrous purple glow. It's dry and savoury to the taste with an earthy depth to the red fruit flavours and a little bit of tannin adds grip. It's long and dry with a touch of spice adding brightness to the savoury, earthy aftertaste. 13% alc. $17.00. ***. 13Oct2007.

Esk Valley Black Label Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec Rosť 2007 (sc) Deep, clear, light ruby. There's an earthiness to the aroma and malbec florals add to the spicy, winey perfume. A full-bodied style of rosť with a slightly oily texture, a delicate hint of tannin, strawberry and blackberry fruit and the earthiness detected on the nose emerging again on the bright fruit finish. With complexity and depth, this well-made, well-balanced rosť follows the quality this label has instilled. 14% alc. $18.99. 14Aug2007.
Clear ruby pink with depth and brightness to the hue, this blend of Merlot and Malbec has a fragrant, lightly floral, strawberry aroma and a spicy, creamy flavour with richness and depth. With strawberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, a savoury undercurrent and a delicate hint of tannin, this full-bodied, dry Rosť is more than just a frivolous fling. It's consistently NZ's best. 14% alc. $18.99. ***** 3Oct2007.

Fromm La Strada Marlborough Rose 2007 (D) There's an amazing textural richness in this almost bone dry wine that has the prettiest pink, watermelon hue. It's sweetly perfumed, like a bowl of fresh strawberries sprinkled with icing sugar, and tastes like strawberries too - strawberries with a little bit of spice and a faint herbal nuance. A touch of viscosity adds richness to the mouthfeel and a touch of acidity on the finish adds a zesty brightness. It's perfectly poised, an absolutely delightful wine. 13% alc. $16.90. 3Nov2007.

Margrain Vineyard Martinborough Pinot Rosť 2007 (sc) There's a richness to the lustrous pink colour. Strawberry scents fill the nose while cherry and plum fruit flavours fill the palate - like fresh, early season, juicy yellow-fleshed that fall off the tree with some shaking. Juicy and lightly sweetish in the palate with a touch of savouriness demarcating the pinot fruit, then the strawberries detected on the nose resurge to linger on the lifted, floral finish. 100% Pinot Noir. 13.5% alc. $24. ****. 13Oct2007.

Matua Valley Northland Rose 2007 (sc) With it's bright, cherry pink colour, this blend of predominantly Pinotage is juicy, savoury and lightly spicy with just a hint of anise. It's 'medium' in sweetness and lightly robust in its structure with enough zesty acidity to balance the sweet red berry flavours and make the finish seem dry. A refreshing light red that should have wide appeal. $15.95. 13% alc. ****1/2. 29Oct2007.
Lovely deep watermelon / ruby with a fluorescent shimmer. A little earthy on the nose and a tug of sweetness and savouriness in the palate with a hint of leather underlying the wild red and black berry fruits. There's a bright, spicy lift to the finish, which is long and succulent for the style. ****. 13% alc. $15.95. Peter May's Pinotage Tasting: 11Nov2007.

Morton Estate Musetta Rose 2007 Hawkes Bay (sc) A deep, rich pink. Red wine nose - a hint of leather. Quite floral, yet spice in the palate, perhaps reflecting the varietal make-up. A full-bodied, flavoursome style - liquorice, concentrated berry fruit, a touch of honeyed sweetness but perhaps just a tad too much. A blend of Merlot and Malbec. 14.1% alc. $17.00. 3Jan2009.

Mystery Creek Waikato Syrah Rose 2007 (sc) Orange tint to the pinky-red hue. Smells like a light red wine - slightly earthy, savoury and gamey with perhaps the merest suggestion of chocolate-coated berries. However the excellent nose is followed by an anti-climax of flavours with unbalanced sweetness and a chocolate / confectionary / bandaid flavours. What it does have in its favour is structure and tannin. Mangatawhiri fruit. 9.5 g/l acidity. 14 g/l rs. 12% alc. 3Jan2009.

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2007 (sc) The palest of pinks with a candy floss lightness, there's strawberry, cherry and rose petals on the nose and juicy to the taste with abundant strawberry and raspberry sweetness, a sherbet zestiness and a touch of creamy vinosity that adds richness and texture. Clean, bright, fresh and breezy with a long juicy finish, it's made from 100% Pinot Noir. 14.5% alc. $19.95. ****1/2. 13Oct2007.

Richmond Plains Nelson Monarch Rosť 2007 (sc) Clear, deep pink almost ruby. Delicately floral and sweet smelling, but surprisingly quite savoury to the taste - savoury and earthy with concentrated 'very ripe' cherry and red berries and a hint of grapefruit too. Made from organically grown Pinot Noir grapes, when tasted straight from the fridge I found the acidic edge just a little harsh. I liked it much better when it wasn't chilled to the bones. 14.5% alc. $19.90. 19Jan2008.

Schubert Wairarapa Rose 2007 (c) There are hints of orange to the pale pink hue, so it stands out not only for its 'real cork' closure but also for its lighter colour. A fuller bodied style of Rosť with a yeasty richness and a spritzy texture, it's bright, spicy and zesty with a touch of sweetness and underlying savouriness but just a little astringent when chilled to the bones. When it's lost the cold edge, it's well-balanced and refreshing and a little reminiscent of a Riesling, even though it's made from Pinot Noir grapes. 12% alc. $20. 19Jan2008.

Sileni Hawkes Bay Cabernet Franc Rosť 2007(sc) Deliciously appealing pink ruby colour, this medium-bodied style tastes deep and earthy and just a little leathery with blueberries seemingly the dominant fruit until summer berries take over the finish. 13.5% alc. $20. 4Sep2007.

Soljans Rakelina Sparkling Gisborne Rose NV Gorgeous ruby-pink hue. Cherry and strawberry aromas with a hint of tar in the distance. Bright-fruited, clean, and fresh with lots of foamy fizz filling the mouth and a Muscat sweetness to the finish. A fun, hot summer day wine that will be best straight from the fridge. Predominantly Pinotage with a touch of Muscat. ***. 13.5% alc. $17.00. Peter May's Pinotage Tasting: 11Nov2007.

Soljans Two Sisters Gisborne Rose 2007 (sc) Deep watermelon pink. Cherry and strawberry aromas with a slightly confectionary, boiled lolly overtone lead into lightly sweetish, medium-bodied palate with an underlying savouriness and a surge of concentration to the lingering cherry fruit finish. ***1/2. 13% alc. $17.00. Peter May's Pinotage Tasting: 11Nov2007.

Sugar Loaf Marlborough Rosť 2007 (sc) Delicate pale pink in colour, it's vibrant and fresh and deliciously juicy with flavours of strawberry and yellow fleshed early season plums. Predominantly Pinot Noir with 8% Riesling in the blend adding vibrancy and acidic lift. 11.5% alc. 4Sep2007.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir Rosť 2007 (sc) Clear, deep pink. Reasonably rich berryish aroma for Rosť. A little sweet to the taste, without the crisp balancing acidity at first but herbal, savoury and spicy rather than fruity, with some graininess and grip to the texture and a zesty tingle left in the mouth after the wine is swallowed. Good straight from the fridge. A great summer refresher! 14% alc. $17.90. 19Jan2008.

Unison Hawkes Bay Rose 2007 (sc) A deep ruby red - shiny, gemmy and bright. Spicy on the nose and a little earthy and leathery in the palate - has this some Malbec in with the predominant Syrah? Full-bodied with a little bit of tannic grip, it has a mouthfilling vibrancy to the finish. I though this best with food. Try with hot smoked salmon on a horseradish-infused cream cheese spread.13% alc. 3Nov2007.

Vavasour Awatere Valley Rosť 2007 (sc) Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, it's such a pretty clear, deep ruby pink and wins points on colour alone. It smells inviting with its lightly floral, strawberry and cream aromas with a hint of a savoury edge and after the aromatic impact, there is pleasing flavour, body and texture too. There's a touch of sweetness to the cherry fruit with a squeeze of tangelo adding freshness to the finish. Perfect straight from the fridge and my top wine of the 'chilled to the bones' tasting, but just a little sweet when it starts to warm up. 13% alc. $24.50. 19Jan2008.

Wooing Tree Central Otago Rose 2007 (sc) Pretty pinkish light ruby, ripe cherry on the nose, there's an earthy depth and richness to the flavour with red and black cherry fruit and a peachiness emerging on the aftertaste. Made from 100% Pinot Noir - and you can taste the pinot noir in this wine. 13.5% alc. $15. 4Sep2007.
Pale watermelon pink. Pretty strawberry and cherry aromas with a hint of violet and a delicate attack of spiced strawberry flavour. It's quite crisp when chilled with just a touch of sweetness to add lusciousness to the lingering aftertaste but enough dryness to still taste okay when it warms up to room temperature on a hot day. 100% Pinot Noir. 13.5% alc. $21. ****. 23Oct2007.

Woollaston Nelson Pinot Noir Rosť 2007 (sc) Clear pale pink. Clean aromatics, a little savoury, pinotish. A reasonably dry, crisp style with a vinously rich texture and just the right amount of sweetness to balance the citrus zest-like acidity. With winey flavours of strawberry, cherry and citrus and an underlying savouriness, this is a bright, zesty, refreshing, summery drink. I wrote 'Yum!'. Love the new look label too. 13.5% alc. $18. 19Jan2008.

2006 Vintage [top] [index]

Ascension 'Flamenco' Matakana Sparking Rosť NV Made as a fun wine, this has a pretty red cherry hue, a strawberry and cream aroma and a fizzy attack of bubbles in the palate. It's crisp but lightly sweetish with a confectionery strawberry flavour - drink it in winter and imagine the sun. $24. 10Jul2007.

Ata Rangi Summer Rose 2006 - Martinborough (sc) A blend of predominantly Merlot with Pinot Meunier and Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a pretty watermelon pink. It's full of juicy strawberry scents with a smooth tannin structure behind the strawberry and cherry fruit flavours with a hint of redcurrant and it finishes dry. Lovely summery drop. 13% alc. $18. 18Sep2006.
A bright, clear, deep watermelon pink colour, it smells of juicy red berry fruits and tastes of strawberry, cherry and spice with a touch of tannin giving structure to the creamy texture and a very pleasant, floral, lingering finish. A refreshing dry wine made from a blend of Merlot, Pinot Meunier and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a serious statement of a style that is much more appreciated in Europe than in New Zealand. 13% alc. $20.99. 24Jan2007.

Christensen Estate Feather White 2006 (sc) A rose style made from Merlot, CF and CS. Just bottled and served chilled1 there's hints of berries and tropical fruit on the nose and it's fresh and clean in the palate with a bone dry finish and gorgeous fruit salad flavours lingering. 11.5% alc. $19. 10Oct2006.

Clayridge Marlborough Pinot Rose 2006 (sc) A rich watermelon pink, this light-bodied wine smells of raspberries and cream and the taste is crisp, bright and fruity and imparts flavours of fresh tart raspberries and blackberries straight off the vine with a citrussy undercurrent. It garners richness as it lingers in the mouth. 16/20. 4.9g/l rs.12.5% alc. $18.95. 26Dec2006.

Clearview Black Reef Blush 2006 (sc) Made from 48.5% Chambourcin, 23.5% Merlot, 17% Malbec, 9.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5% Cabernet Franc from Hawkes Bay, the blend has resulted in a very pretty, deep watermelon pink. On the nose the cherry and strawberry scents are subtle but they are well defined in the strawberries and cream palate. It's spicy and zesty with a touch of pepper but it's also quite sweet so must be chilled to bring out the crispness. Overall quite drinkable. 15.5/20. 4.5g/l rs. 13.5% alc. 15.5/20. 29Dec2006.

Domaine Georges Michel Summer Folly 2006 A delicate spinel colour, this almost bone dry, 100% Pinot Noir has a strawberry aroma with a hint of strawberry and spice in the medium-bodied palate with a savoury, earthy aftertaste and a hint of fruit salad on the fresh, clean finish. 13% alc. $13. 4Sep2007.

Esk Valley Black Label Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec Rose 2006 (sc) Clear light ruby, quite dark for rosť, with fragrant crushed strawberry aromas and crisp spicy flavours of concentrated strawberry and berry fruit and just a hint of liquorice. It has surprisingly good structure for Rose and finishes just off dry. A serious style and worth considering for a summer day occasion. 14% alc. $17.99. 30Nov2006.

Felton Road Central Otago Vin Gris 2006 (sc) A light onion skin colour with the most delicate hue of pink, it's quite neutral on the nose with yeasty nuances, hints of earth and a subtle suggestion of boiled cherry lollies. The dry, fresh and crisp palate is all about texture and vinosity. It's slightly oily with the faintest hint of strawberry and a sherbetty, almost salty zest to the full-bodied finish with a long nutty aftertaste, a pleasing rounded mouthfeel and excellent length. Made from 100% free run pinot noir juice, fermented in old barrels then aged on lees in tank, it's been likened to a Blanc de Noir champagne without the bubbles. I can see why. 14% alc. $26.99. 15Aug2007.

Gibbston Valley Central Otago Blanc de Pinot Noir 2006 (sc) Strawberry red in colour with cherry, plum and candy floss on the nose and dry, spicy, zesty flavours that are full of citrus, strawberry and a suggestion of dried herbs that add savouriness to the finish. It's round and rich with a lightly creamy texture and although a year on from vintage, it's still vibrant and fruit crunchy with a vinous punch. 100% Pinot Noir. ****1/2. 14.8% alc. $25. 23Oct2007.

Gladstone Wairarapa Rose 2006 (sc) Slightly bronzed orange-red, this blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc has a herbal, soapy, spicy aroma which carries through to the palate to be joined by crisp apple and unripe berry fruit flavours. It's quite tart with an herbaceous finish then sweet, spiced, honeyed fruit emerges and hot pepper hits the tongue as it lingers. 15/20. 3g/l rs. 14.5% alc. $35. 29Dec2006.

Hinchco Matakana Merlot Rose 2006 (sc) A pleasing hue to the strawberry colour, and strawberry and cherry hints to the aroma, it's reasonably dry, savoury and spicy with berry fruit and a leathery hint to the backbone. Subtle tannins give structure and the finish is clean and fresh. Deliberately made dry to match to food, try with Cajun Chicken. 12.5% alc. $19.99. 10Jul2007.

Hyperion 'Demeter' Matakana Rose 2006 (sc) Made from Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this clear and bright in its watermelon colour. Earthy on the nose and a little leathery in the palate, the strawberry and redcurrant has a slightly herbaceous undercurrent to add to the tastiness of this fresh summer style. 13.5%. 3-4g/l rs. $17. 8Oct2006.

Julicher Martinborough Rose 2006 (sc) Made from Pinot Noir, this is delicate watermelon in colour with sweetish strawberry scents. The sweetness detected on the nose carries through to palate with a spicy herbaceous from the pinot fruit. A summery style that needs to be well chilled. 13.5%. $19.50. 8Oct2006.

Kaimira Brightwater Nelson Rose 2006 (sc) Pretty candy floss pale pink. Slightly earthy aroma. Oily texture. Pinot Noir in a dry style, spicy and fresh, strawberry and raspberries and a spritzy finish. 14% alc. 9Oct2006.

Matua Valley North Island Rose 2006 (sc) Pretty watermelon pink with expressive aromas of ripe berries, sweet strawberries and hints of orange blossom that carry through to the palate which is almost off dry with lots of spicy zest to the rounded, lingering finish. A blend of 82% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 3% Riesling from Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. 16.5/20. 12g/l rs. 12.5% alc. $16.95. 29Dec2006.

Mills Reef Gimblett Gravels Reserve Rose 2006 (sc) This blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Malbec is a rich pinky red, almost ruby in colour and looks fantastic but there is almost no aroma at all and it tastes herbal and earthy before spicy berry and stonefruit flavours emerge to linger on the off dry finish. But overall it's a little astringent and hard. 15/20. 13.5% alc. $22.95. 29Dec2006.

Monkey Bay East Coast Rose 2006 (sc) Pale strawberry / peach skin colour, this is a fat, leesy little number, a little like unoaked chardonnay with a strawberry toffee character on the nose and spicy strawberries to the fore in the palate. It's soft and rounded yet has a zesty, zingy sherbert-like character that keeps the overall sweetness in balance and the finish is bright and fresh. A blend of 70% Merlot, 17% Malbec, 7% Pinotage and 6% Syrah from Hawkes Bay, this is another crowd pleaser. 16/20. 12.5% alc. $14.95. 29Dec2006.

Mount Dotterel Central Otago Saignee Rosť 2006 (sc) Richly scented with cherries, plums, a hint of candy floss and a floral nuance that's reminiscent of port wine magnolia. Cherry flavours fill the sweet and initially slightly lollyish palate but do not detract because the wine is juicy and the finish is savoury and loves to be chilled. 100% Pinot Noir. 13.5% alc. $20.25. ***1/2. 23Oct2007.

Mount Michael Estate Selection Central Otago Rose 2006 (sc) A fresh fruity wine with a pretty spinel-pink colour and strawberry and spice flavours with a savoury undercurrent. Drinks well at cool room temperature but even better chilled when a zesty acidity emerges and berries linger on the bright savoury aftertaste. 100% Pinot Noir. 6.5g/l rs. 13% alc. $19.95. 2Nov2006.

Muddy Water Central Otago Pinot Noir Rose 2006 (sc) Smelling of sweet macerated strawberries the aroma carries through to the palate where the earthy undercurrent of pinot noir balances the fruit Sweetness while a touch of citrus adds zest to the finish. 10g/l rs. 13.5%. $18. 18Sep2006.
Fruity, floral, perfumed strawberry and raspberry aromas. A touch of sweetness balances the savoury pinot noir fruit and the finish is soft and fruity finish. Fresh and refreshing when served chilled. Made from Central Otago fruit. 13.5% alc. 9 g/L rs. $18. 20May2007.

Obsidian Weeping Sands Rose 2006 (sc) Delicate pink, fragrant, oily textured, rich berry fruit, dry tasty finish. 100% Merlot. 12.5% alc. 6g/l rs. 10Oct2006.

Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2006 (sc) The very palest of pink hues, perhaps a suggestion of onion skin colour, the wine is made entirely from Pinot Noir but smells a little like Pinot Gris with pear drop aromas and perhaps a waft of cherry. It's bright, fresh and lightly fruity with an oily texture, hints of zesty lime sherbet, spiced peach, a touch of honeycomb and a soft lingering finish. 100% Certified organic grapes. 16/20. 13g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $19.99. 29Dec2006.

Richmond Plains Nelson Rose 2006 (sc) Medium pinky-red with berry scents that have a herbaceous undertone, the herb flavours carry through to the palate with tart, crisp, strawberry flavours. Overall it is quite sour and just a little medicinal too, while the lingering flavour is like strawberry liqueur. 100% certified organic grapes. 14.5/20. 4.6g/lrs. 13.2% alc. $18.99. 29Dec2006.

Rockburn 'Stolen Kiss' 2006 (sc) A rose style made from 100% Pinot Noir. Pale watermelon colour, hints of strawberry and cherry on nose carry through to the palate where strawberry is the dominating character. Rich, weighty and spicy with a touch of tannin in the background, it's well-balanced and tastes drier than it is, even more so when chilled. 12g/l rs. 14% alc. $21. 11Oct2006.

Te Awa Hawkes Bay Rose 2006 (sc) Deep pinky red, almost ruby, quite intense and gemmy in appearance, the aroma is of blackberry flowers with hints of spice and the palate is full of creamy textured blackberry flavours. A medium-bodied, gutsy Rosť made in a sweeter style with a lifted finish and earthy leathery tones as it lingers. 16.5/20. 13.5% alc. $22.90. 29Dec2006.

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2006 (sc) Slightly bronzed pink, peachy tones introduce the Pinot Gris-like aromas that have an earthy nuance and a yeasty undercurrent with hints of fruit cake cherries. It's a little herbaceous to the taste but the texture is smooth and oily and while the wine is quite neutral, it is dry with a spicy bite to the finish. Like Pinot Gris, it will accompany food quite well. 17/20. 3g/l rs. 14% alc. $17.99. 29Dec2006.

Tresillian Canterbury Rosť of Pinot 2006 (sc) Slightly earthy cherry scents, spritzy textured in the palate, quite dry to the taste with strawberry and cherry fruit and spice emerging on the finish. Just takes a while to traverse through the palate and open up. 11.1% alc. 3.5g/l rs. 3Sep2007.

Vavasour Awatere Valley Rose 2006 (sc) Pretty, pale watermelon pink, this smells inviting and appealing with fresh strawberry and cream scents and the crisp strawberry and juicy stonefruit flavours fill the expectation that the nose promises. Clean, soft and juicy, just off dry but well balanced from the underpinning of sweet citrus, this delivers everything that I expect Rosť to. It's made from Cabernet Franc, which accounts for the expressive aroma, and I rated it my top wine of 13 wines tasted on 29 Dec. 18/20. 7.3g/l rs. 13% alc. $24. 29Dec2006.

West Brook Waimauku Merlot Malbec Rose 2006 (sc) Made from the estate's own fruit, it's delicate, fresh and clean with cherry aromas and spicy zesty flavours full of plum and cherry fruit. A perfect light-bodied rose for summer. 12% alc. $18.95. 7Jan2007.

Wooing Tree Blondie 2006 - Central Otago (sc) Straw gold, perhaps an ever so slight suggestion of pink, especially if you let your imagination run wild. It smells of spicy yeast lees, a little like unoaked chardonnay and the juicy fruit and bubble gum flavours have me thinking that direction too. But the more dominant character is fresh, strawberry-like fruit and there's good acidity and just a little tannin. A well-structured tasty white made from 100% Pinot Noir. 6.2 g/l rs. 13% alc. $19.50. 27Aug2006.

Wooing Tree Rose 2006 - Central Otago (sc) Pretty pale candy floss pink. Gorgeous aromas of strawberry and cherry mingle with the winey fragrance then in the mouth it's rich in texture with just a touch of spritziness, juicy strawberry and raspberry fruit with red apple, a nuance of thyme, an earthy backbone and a floral finish. A beautifully balanced, vibrant, Rose, not too sweet and not too dry. 100% Pinot Noir. 5g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $19.50. 27Aug2006.

Woollaston Nelson Pinot Noir Rose 2006 (sc) Palest of pink, like a wet spinel gemstone, served chilled this is fresh and crisp with an earthy depth to the strawberry, plum and cherry flavours with a spicy richness to the finish. Clean and shows the varietal character of pinot noir well. A surprisingly versatile wine. Tasted in the afternoon, the sun beating down, it's wonderfully refreshing. Then served as an accompaniment to rosť marinated strawberries with marscapone and a wafer thin shortbread crisp, it finished a meal off beautifully. $18. 23Nov2006.

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Allan Scott Marlborough Rosť 2005 (sc) Watermelon-pink in colour with crushed strawberry aromas and sweet/sour flavours of strawberry and tart cherry fruit with a soft, lightly viscous texture and a fresh, savoury finish. 14% alc. 10g/l rs. 19Sep2005.

Ata Rangi Summer Rosť 2005 (sc) A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Meunier, this richly coloured rosť is crisp and dry with a lovely rose petal floral character, spicy fruit and a savouriness to the long, crisp finish with fruit sweetness as it lingers. Fresh and young and raring to go. 12.5% alc. $18. 19Sep2005.

Bensen Block Gisborne Rose 2005 (sc) Pale red pink. Slightly rubbery, Semillon-like aromas when first opened, later watermelon. Rounded in the palate with soft peachy flavours and a leesy richness, like unoaked Chardonnay with a bit of colour. It's smooth well balanced, not too sweet and well balanced hints of spiced cherries as it lingers. The crowd favourite. 17.5/20. 11g/lrs. 13% alc. $15.95. 29Dec2006.

Clayridge Marlborough Pinot Rosť 2005 A deep, gemmy strawberry/cerise colour introduces this strong smelling wine that has floral notes among the slightly earthy, black cherry scents that lead into the full-bodied palate. light red wine that has quite a full-bodied palate for a Rosť. A nicely structured 'light red' with plummy fruit and pinot spice, body weight and fullness, and a musky, floral note to the firm, just off-dry finish with strawberries and cherries lingering on the aftertaste. This is a Rosť for pinot lovers as it tastes like a light pinot but has the sweet fruitiness that is typical of Rosť. 12.5% alc. 4.5g/l rs. $16. 23Oct2005.

Clearview Black Reef Blush 2005 - Hawkes Bay (sc) A little herbal smelling and those herbal nuances carry through to the palate. Dry and savoury, a little earthy with cherry, citrus, light tannins and a fruit sweet to the grainy textured, slightly astringent finish. 13% alc. $14.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec Rose 2005 (sc) Lovely colour and gorgeous fruity aromas of strawberry, raspberry and watermelon lead into a juicy palate with good structure underpinned by just enough tannins, and a long fruity finish. 13.5% alc. $17.95. 6Sep2005.

Gibbston Valley Blanc de Pinot Noir 2005 - Central Otago Pretty candy pink. Floral, fruity, freshly crushed strawberry aromas. Bright lifted flavours with a creamy richness. Great fruit in the tart strawberry spectrum with a touch of tannin and a twist of lime to the juicy finish. 12.5%, 5.3g/l rs. $25. 22Aug2005.

Goldwater Marlborough Rosť 2005 (sc) Made from 100% Pinot Noir from new vineyards in the Awatere, this is a ripe watermelon pink with juicy strawberry and cherry fruit, good tannin structure and a dry, floral finish. Nicely balanced. 13% alc. $19. 8Sep2005.

Jackson Estate Pinot Noir Rosť 2005 (sc) Good colour, like a deep watermelon pink. Floral cherryish aromas and a slightly sweetish fruity flavour with a vinous richness to the finish. 13% alc. $19.95. 8Sep2005.
Light ruby hued with an appealing, pinot noir cherry-influenced fruity aroma and a juicy, fruity taste with an earthy undercurrent to the cherry and crushed strawberry fruit. It finishes dry with a touch of acidity to keep it crisp and fresh. Made from 100% Pinot Noir. 12% alc. $19.99. 23Oct2005.

Karikari Estate Northland Rosť 2005 A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Pinotage, this is a gamey, savoury wine with an oily texture and a richness to the wild berry fruits finish. A big wine and quite a departure from the fruity floral styles from further south. 14% alc. 23Oct2005.

Lawsons Dry Hills Pinot Noir Rose 2005 (sc) Medium pinky-red with rosehip aromas, it's also emits some reductive characters when first opened but they quickly blow away. Overall it's a well-balanced wine with raspberry and spice in the palate and lots of citrus peel that adds refreshing tartness to the dry finish. 15.5/20. 4.5g/l rs. 13% alc. $21.95. 29Dec2006.

Longridge Hawkes Bay Rosť 2005 (sc) Deep rose pink. Ripe and succulent smelling with delicate berry scents laced with citrus and apple blossom, the citrus notes carry through to the palate giving a bright tangy vibrancy. This is a well-structured wine with dryish tannins, juicy red cherry and slightly unripe strawberry enhancing the acidity as it lingers. 50% merlot, 35% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinotage. 12% alc. $14.95.

Matua Valley Gisborne Rosť 2005 A very pale pink, the colour of pale pink watermelon where it is near the white rind. Sour plum aromas and a light fruity, sweet, boiled lolly flavour with cherries and strawberries lingering on the citrussy, slightly spritzy finish. Made from 100% Merlot. 12.5% alc. $15.95. 23Oct2005.

Montana East Coast Rose 2005 (sc)Vibrant watermelon/candy floss pink in colour with floral fruity aromas and thirst quenching flavours of strawberries and raspberries with just the right amount of sweetness to balance the fruity acidity. 12% alc. 10g/l rs. $16. 31Aug2005.
Slightly herbal smelling with a delicate rose petal nuance. Crisp and fresh, dry and earthy with fruit in the red apple, rhubarb and citrus spectrum, delicate tannins and a touch of lemon zest on the ripe fruit finish, and just a hint of strawberry as it lingers. Made from a blend of Merlot and Pinotage. 12.2% alc. $14.95.

Ransom Matakana Vin Gris 2005 (D) Watermelon colour, fragrant rose petal and berry aromas. Slightly viscous texture, light and fresh with a crisp dry finish and a mealy undercurrent. A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot. 13% alc. 3g/l rs. $17.19Feb2006.

Schubert Waipara Rosť 2005 (c) Very palest of pinks, just washed in colour. Strawberry water scents with a touch of herb, not strong in its berry intensity. Very dry with good balance of acidity to the delicate strawberry and apple fruit flavours with the earthiness of pinot coming through and a yeasty richness to the finish - a bit like Champagne without bubbles.Dry, crisp and refreshing with the sweetness of strawberry coming through to linger on the finish. 100% Pinot Noir. 12% alc. $20.

Shaky Bridge Central Otago Rose 2005 (sc) Pale watermelon with slightly herbal undertones to the berry scents and a touch of pepper too, the herbal characters carry through to the palate where blackcurrant-like fruit emerges. It's quite flavoursome but the finish is tart. Made from 100% Pinot Noir. 15/20. 13% alc. $21. 29Dec2006.

Soljans Two Sisters Gisborne Rosť 2005 (sc) Dark rose pink. Sweet fruit scents of ripe berry - twisting and turning in the glass with a zesty citrus flavour in the palate and a myriad of sweet summer berries with a floral overtone to the lingering finish. Good weight and structure in the juicy off-dry style with a slight viscosity to the finish. Very appealing. 12% alc. $16.95.

Stoneleigh Pinot Noir Rosť 2005 Cerise pink in colour with fruity aromas that hint of strawberry and citrus on the nose then in the palate citrus, watermelon, spice and cherries. A slightly sweeter, medium-weight style with a quenching juiciness to the fruity finish. 12.5% alc. 7.5 g/l rs. 23Oct2005.

Unison Hawkes Bay Rosť 2005 (c) Dark rose, Vibrant, spicy blackberry and cherry scent, perhaps some chicory oak. The spiciness carries through to the palate with oomph and zest. A powerful, dry, full-bodied Rosť with juicy blackberry and cassis fruit, a creamy texture and a vibrant, spicy, dry finish. More of a "light red". Not a wine for wimps. 14% alc. $18.

Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rose 2005 (sc) Floral, crushed strawberry aromas with tart fruit in the palate with a creamy malo backbone and a fruity bramble fruit finish. Needs to be chilled. 14% alc.$16.95. 6Sep2005.
Deep rose pink with a faint hint of smoke (though I am sure this is unoaked), concentrated black cherry and spice on the nose and spicy, spritzy flavours with boiled lolly, pink jube flavours and a zesty note to the more savoury finish. Good palate weight and structure for a Rosť. 14% alc. $16.95.
Light ruby with fragrant, strawberry aromas and spicy, zesty flavours from the touch of citrus over crushed red berry fruit with a nuance of herb and a hint of pepper. Good weight for a Rosť and the lingering aftertaste is reminiscent of a strawberry milkshake. A blend of Merlot/Syrah/Pinot Noir/Malbec. 14% alc. $13.95. 22Mar2006.

West Brook Marlborough Rose 2005 (sc) Made from 100% pinot noir, it's a macerated strawberry colour, it smells of roses and strawberries and the taste is upfront strawberry underpinned by slightly leathery tannins and a citrussy rosehip finish. A year and a half after vintage, it lacks upfront freshness and is a little sweet and cloying. 14% alc. $10. 7Jan2007.

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