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OUR TOP ROSE PICKS FOR APRIL

The oh-so trendy rose that seems, at the moment, to be imparting a breezy pink haze over everything, is not quite as shiny and new as you might think. In fact, the woman who drop-kicked champagne into the next century - the Widow Clicquot - made what is believed to be the first rose champagne a lengthy 200 years ago. And she was born in 1777, so there you go. Not a new thing at all. However, the volume of rose in general being consumed these days is somewhat off the charts, and we in New Zealand are valiantly doing our bit to contribute to that record-breaking effort.



Let's consider what makes a great rose. Basing your choices on colour alone is not all that useful. For instance, the pale pink, almost washed-out hues to be found in the French Cotes de Provence roses might suggest that they have little weight, but nothing could be further from the truth. Having said that, beware the wash of cheaper Provencal offerings; it's a very large area, and they are a minefield of inconsistency. The overall quality has increased of late, in part thanks to a new wave of producers, led by the likes of La Mascaronne's Tom Bove, and the best of the Cotes de Provence roses are some of the world's finest expressions, displaying delicate hues, stunning aromatics and sublime textures.



New Zealand is experiencing its own surge in excellence, with a veritable horde of new rose options coming onto the market as our winemakers have come to the realisation that this is a legitimate and highly popular category that requires serious commitment. The various regions, too, from Marlborough to Central Otago, Hawkes Bay to Waiheke Island, have channeled the distinctive characteristics of their terroir to put their own distinctive stamp on the pink drink. Magnums and 3-litre bottles are also increasingly sought after.

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