Blake is a wine lover, wine seller and soon to be wine maker. She really knows her wines especially considering her tender age so we’re very keen to hear her thoughts on the pink trend. And here there are…
One thing this summer has taught me is that there is only one true way to really quench a thirst, it’s salmon hued, bone-dry and packed full of red berries and vanilla spice. And I know I’m not the only one, when even my male friends think it’s about that time to crack open a “Bro-sé”, you know New Zealand is in the midst of a rosé revolution.
Once an after thought of red wine production, and more often than not reminiscent of lolly water (Hello Mateus), recent vintages have shown that it is much more than just a pretty pink face – it seems every week there’s a new rosé on the shelves, and with more focus put into it’s production than ever before.
As soon as the temperature rises, it’s a wine to go crazy for, and how could you not? The right rosé can pair with almost anything (or nothing at all); it’s refreshing, affordable and there is now so much variety out there that rosé can appeal to any taste.
Two wines that show this perfectly are the Ara Single Estate and Whitehaven Rosé’s, both come from Marlborough, are from the 2015 vintage and are made from 100% Pinot Noir fruit, and even just by looking at the deep ruby colour of the Ara vs the blush salmon of Whitehaven, couldn’t be more different in style.
Bold and bright, the Ara Single Estate Rosé is all about vibrance. Opulent and almost candied red berries dominate and delight the nose. One sip, and the palate is off-dry and a bit more serious, with hints of citrus and vanilla spice and a structure that can stand up to a huge variety of foods – late afternoon Tapas anyone?
One wine that would not be out of place on the beaches of the French Riviera is the award winning Whitehaven Rosé. Dry, delicate and as fresh as you can get – this is one kiwi wine reminiscent of my beloved French rosé, with a palate that is both luscious and crisp, with stone fruit, hints of blossom and zesty mandarin flavours. When the temperature creep up through the 20’s, water may by hydrating, but this wine is hard to resist as it is simply summer in a glass.
Roséholic first, wine all-rounder second, Blake works in wine retail, studies winemaking and occasionally posts wine rambles and reviews on her blog (when she’s not too poor) you can follow her at glassandstandard.squarespace.com or via her Facebook page.