WINE NOTES Yes way, rosé!
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It’s hard to think of a more favoured wine in the world at the moment than rosé. The gorgeous pink varietal has experienced a massive jump in popularity over recent years, with sales increasing 53 per cent last year alone. And it’s easy to see why – it’s uncomplicated, fresh, fruity, easy to drink and comes in various degrees of sweetness.
Pretty in Pink
Rosé is wine that’s made from a single red grape or a blend of red grapes, but the skins of the grapes only come into contact with the wine for a very short time, giving the wine it’s pink hue. The longer the skins are left in contact, the deeper the shade of the rosé. Typical flavours of a rosé include raspberry, strawberry and cherry, and it can be made in many different styles, from the typically dry French Cotes du Rhone and Cotes de Provence, through to more fuller-bodied pinot noir rosé, and the sweeter New World zinfandel. Rosé originated in France, and is thought to be the oldest style of wine in the world, with Provence making it since 600BC.
New Kiwi classic
Aotearoa now boasts more than 150 different rosés, with every winemaking region in the country producing its take on it. While it has been taken seriously as a style in France for centuries, rosé has taken much longer to catch on here – but now it has, the industry is revelling. From playful, fruity styles to deeper pinot rosé, there’s a Kiwi drop for everyone. See right for our edit of some of the best.