WINE NOTES Yes way, rosé!

THINK PINK THIS SUM­MER – ROSÉ IS THE DRINK OF THE SEA­SON! TO FIND THE ONE FOR YOU, CHECK OUT OUR GUIDE La Vie En 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.

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