New Zealand wines

Cheers to New Zealand Rosé Day

New Zealand has really been showing itself off this summer! This Friday 5th February marks two special occasions - the beginning of the long Waitangi weekend, and New Zealand Rosé Day.

New Zealand's sixth Rosé Day is set to colour beaches, backyards and baches pink this weekend, as wine lovers celebrate on of their favourite wine holidays.

New Zealand Rosé Day was established six years ago by Sip NZ to give us a bit more information on New Zealand rosé wines, and this year, it's more important than ever to get behind local winemakers - and what better way to do that than by raising a glass in your own beautiful slice of paradise?

Even though lockdown presented winemakers with several logistics challenges, the 2020 vintage has produced some outstanding rosé wines. As a nation we are loving lighter, drier and more savoury styles, and Kiwi winemakers are responding, with some delicious rosé options for you to enjoy.

Hãhã Rosé 2020, from Hawke's Bay, is a Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Malbec. Beautifully delicate, fresh and crisp, this wine has flavours of red berries and watermelon with just a touch of spice to finish. This is a perfect wine to enjoy on a picnic, or over a long, lazy lunch.

A gorgeous salmon pink colour, Kono Pinot Rosé 2018 has aromas of strawberries, lemons and light florals, with bright cherry, summer berry fruit and delicate green melon on the palate. Lusciously fresh and dry, this is a great wine for snacks and seasonal summer food - take it to your barbecue and enjoy with salads, light snacks and seafood.

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Rosé 2020- so named because it's made from grapes 'stolen' from Rockburn's best Central Otago Pinot Noir - is super playful. Once unleashed, its candy floss and crème-brûlée aromas sashay abound, with a strawberry and toffee apple palate. Fun to drink over lunch with someone you love to relax with!

A real pop of pink to colour your table is the Summerhouse Pinot Rosé 2020. Elegant and bright, with apricot, lemon peel, watermelon and floral aromas, the juicy fruit flavours pairs perfectly with Spanish-inspired food; try it with tapas paella.