Guilty Pleasure - Pinot Rosè

This festive season (in fact anytime) a glass of Pinot Rosè is a summertime essential. Editor Trudi Brewer selects three pretty pink options that offer an aromatic blend of berries, and a refreshing tangelo tang.


Leefield Station Pinot Rosè $20.

Leefield Station Rose

The brand says:

This Pinot Noir Rosè, is machine harvested, followed by a slow, cool fermentation to capture and enhance aromatic intensity. The taste ripe strawberries with a hint of cream. Best served on a sunny afternoon with a delicious Italian-inspired antipasto platter of olives, cold meats feta cheese and nice hink of fresh crusty, fresh bread.

We say:

It has all the hallmarks of a favourite for our editor, who loves a rich, full-bodied rose. And once she learned it is best served with cheese, she has stocked up for the festive season.

The Ned Pinot Rosè, $15.


The brand says:

A 70 per cent Pinot Noir and 30 per cent Pinot Gris blend, this wine is made with a delicate pressing process to preserve the pretty colour and tannin pick up. With a hint of the scent of rose petals, berries and tart tangelo and watermelon flavours. Best served with fresh summer produce such an asparagus and goat cheese salad.

We say:

A summer holiday is not complete without the joy of a chilled rose at lunch. On a summer’s day spent poolside with very little to do but soak up some serious R&R - this is just the wine to have within arms reach.

King’s Desire Pinot Rosé, 2017, $27.

The King's Desire Rose Pinot

The brand says:

An excellent vintage, 2017 delivered a small crop of one of Marlborough’s most vibrant rose's. A delicate, yet richly complex bouquet of watermelon and rosewater with raspberries and cream, with a refreshingly dry finish.

We say:

Not only does this rose look gorgeous on your table setting, but it's also a luxe-y looking gift. It is perfect rich pinot rose with a salty or sweet platter this festive season.