The top qual­ity of the wines in this tast­ing prove that NZ rosés are here to stay, writes JOHN BELSHAM.

Cuisine - - NZ ROSÉ -

ROSÉ HAS BE­COME the fastest-grow­ing wine trend in the world. In the ma­jor wine mar­kets of the United States, UK, Ger­many, France and Aus­tralia this trend has grown at such a rate that rosé is now one of the most sig­nif­i­cant wine styles com­pet­ing along­side chardon­nay, pinot gri­gio (or gris) and sauvi­gnon blanc. Un­like other re­cent wine trends, rosé is not con­strained by va­ri­ety or re­gion. When made well it has an aura of lux­ury that re­minds us of sun­shine and fun times. It is as much a colour and an emo­tion as it is a wine, and as such is much fea­tured on so­cial me­dia. Rosé now has such a foothold in the mar­ket that it is here for the long haul.

Although New Zealand has been a late­comer to the pink party, we are now see­ing con­sis­tent growth in the sec­tor. The num­ber of la­bels and the qual­ity of New Zealand rosé has also risen markedly with more beau­ti­ful colours, more fruit in­ten­sity and drier, bet­ter-bal­anced wines.

RIGHT Woo­ing Tree Vine­yard, Cen­tral Otago Woo­ing Tree

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