New World Rosé: we’re drinking pink

We just love rosé – and New World rosé is no exception.

Rose has much more to do with how it’s made than a single grape variety. So, a lot of the world’s most famous wine regions (read: Old World) have been producing rose, alongside their red and whites, for aaaages.

BUT that’s not to say the New World isn’t hot on their heels. In fact, interest in countries like New Zealand is EXPLODING – with sales rising up to 50% year on year. 

So without further ado – meet some of our faves…


Aussie Rosé 

We like to think of Australia as a bit of a melting pot of ideas, innovation, and really fab wines. That’s no different with their rosés. There’s EVERYTHING on offer here – and all of it delicious. Take the Charles Melton Rose of Virginia: a dark-hued rosé, with sweet and aromatic kumquat flavours, blended with spice and herbs. Full, yet fine, and boasting a nice tannic grip! Or, the Innocent Bystander Moscato: a crisp, acidic, uplifting and DELIGHTFUL pink that’s all about a good time. Think orange peel, crisp acid, and natural sweetness. 

Still wines aside – Oz is also making a real name for itself with its pink fizz. Cool climates and pristine coastlines in regions like Tasmania are ideal for sparkling wine production. Lucky, lucky us. For a real icon, try the House of Arras Rosé Vintage. SO sublime, with fresh red berries, nougat, and exotic spices – creator Ed Carr also holds the title of Australia’s most awarded sparkling winemaker. So, there you go.


New Zealand Rosé 

The sparkling craze has carried over to New Zealand’s shores, too. Not surprising, when you consider the cool climate here! Wines like the fab Rosé Brut from Akarua have stolen our hearts. Creamy strawberries marry with nutty aromas, brioche and raspberry flavours… wonderful length, wonderful acid, wonderful texture, wonderful finish. Just a banger, all round.


Cali Rosé 

OK – we know what you’re thinking. We’ve all been subject to a sickly-sweet, bulk-produced White Zinfandel or two in the past. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, if that’s your thing. But for anyone who prefers the Provencal, bone-dry style – well, it’s unlikely that White Zin left a great taste in your mouth. 

Luckily for us, some great producers are working wonders across California, rosé-style. Take Birichino: their Vin Gris, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Carignan and Vermentino is an absolute banger of a blush wine. The blend means there’s real structure and depth, but the flavours are decidedly light and summery – expect watermelon, hibiscus, and zest. Can we get a YUM?!


South African Rosé 

Chenin and Pinotage might be what spring to mind when you talk about South African wines – but the range of climates here mean that there are LOADS of great roses, in a huge variety of styles. Meet the Gabrielskloof Rosebud, one of our favourites – and the ‘little darling’ of their estate range! Beautifully elegant and aromatic, it’s got heaps of watermelon, papaya, white peach, and grapefruit. Juicy, dry, and refreshing!


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