Our friends at The Urban List love Rosé as much as we do and we’re thrilled to share their Essential Rosé Guide:
Rosé is at it’s best on these long sun-soaked days, and balmy nights. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy those rays and our new favourite day with a chilled glass or bottle of rosé to make the sunny afternoon melt into night. Previously reserved for the ladies, rosé is fast becoming the summer drink of the moment for summer revelers of both sexes. It’s a rosénaisance we tell ya! Here’s our picks of this summer’s rosés, where to buy ‘em and where to drink ‘em. #DaretoPink #SipNZRose
Two Rivers I’le de Beauté Rosé 2015
If there’s one rosé that you should rush out and buy a case of immediately, this is it. There’s enough drinking-acceptable nights left in summer to justify a case right?! Seriously, this beautifully crisp pale rosé just screams summer and demands to be drunk as cold as possible, preferably with tapas or a large platter of buttery seafood. NZ’s top wine buffs like Raymond Chan, Cameron Douglas and Bob Campbell have all lauded its praises so jump on the bandwagon. Available by the glass at Soul Bar, Café Hanoi and Sails Restaurant (likely to be the ’14 vintage), or by the bottle at O’Connell St Bistro. Available to buy at First Glass and Liquorlands across Auckland.
Akarua Rua Rosé 2015
This juicy rosé just screams strawberries and long arvos spent enjoying the sun. Made from our greatest pinot growing region—Central Otago—this is a sophisticated rosé perfect to celebrate reaching Friday afternoon. Pick up the strawberry notes in this pretty pink by pairing with a berry dessert—we’re thinking eton mess for this vibrant beauty. Available to buy at Liquorland and Glengarry’s across Auckland. Try Akarua’s main label rosé at Nomad in Pt Chev while it lasts—the vineyard themselves have sold out of it!
Ara Single Estate Rosé 2015
This is the only the second year that Ara has produced rosé, but they’ve come hot out of the blocks. It’s rather dry, making it perfect as your afternoon apertivo. If you’re wanting to serve it with food, match this beauty with an heirloom tomato and burrata salad. Available by the glass at The Crew Club, Didas Wine Bar, Lucky Buddha and Regatta Bar (both currently serving the 2014 vintage) and to buy at Glengarry and Liquorland stores across Auckland.
SOHO Westwood Rosé
SOHO’s Westwood Waiheke Rosé 2015 seems to be a serious girl about town at the moment, popping up on wine lists left, right and centre. Little surprise given it’s bright raspberry colour and bold flavour—ladies, you’ll love this one. Available by the glass at Chapel Bar, Botswana Butchery, Scarlett Slimms & Lucky and The Occidental Vulcan Lane. Available to buy at Farro Fresh, Liquor King and Glengarry.