PICK OF THE BUNCH

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FROM THE VINEYARD -

1. Bar­gain buy 2016 VILLA MARIA PRI­VATE BIN HAWKE’S BAY ROSÉ $15

Bar­bie pink but all se­ri­ous­ness when it comes to aro­mas and flavours. Multi gold medal win­ning, with juicy straw­ber­ries, wa­ter­melon and red­cur­rants. Fresh and flavour­some, this is an ab­so­lute bar­gain.

2. Cen­tral stun­ner 2016 JUDGE ROCK CEN­TRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR ROSÉ $25

A de­li­ciously so­phis­ti­cated rosé from a small fam­ily win­ery in Alexan­dra. Dry, lin­ear but with a gen­er­ous na­ture, this is a tex­tu­ral, lengthy wine to be savoured. En­joy with fresh salmon sashimi.

3. Flash fizz 2006 CHAM­PAGNE PERRIERJOUËT BELLE EPOQUE ROSÉ $360

Rosé is as good an ex­cuse as any to push the boat out, and you can’t do much bet­ter than this. It's sub­limely com­plex, ethe­real and en­er­gis­ing, not to men­tion be­guil­ingly pretty. There’s also the slightly cheaper P-J Bla­son Rosé at $120, but it’s hard to go past that beau­ti­ful bot­tle for a true treat.

4. French flair 2015 CHATEAU ROUBINE CRU CLASSÉ PROVENCE ROSÉ $33

Pale onion skin in colour but pack­ing plenty of punch in flavour, this is a vi­brant, spicy ex­am­ple of a clas­sic French rosé style. Time to break out the salade Niçoise recipe!

5. Rosé rap­ture 2016 ABBEY CEL­LARS ‘PAS­SION’ HAWKE’S BAY ROSÉ $20

From a bou­tique Hawke’s Bay pro­ducer in the es­teemed Bridge Pa Tri­an­gle sub-re­gion, this is a weighty blend of mer­lot and mal­bec; dark-fruited and spicy with charm and poise.

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