Akarua Pinot Rosé 2012. $24
Light salmon in hue, with strawberry and raspberry aromas and just a suggestion of sweetness on the finish, this is a delicate, fresh, uncomplicated wine for enjoying well-chilled on a hot, lazy afternoon. 13%.
Avaniel Tempranillo Rosado 2011, Ribera del Duero DO. $22 BARGAIN
Light cherry hue, candy apple, confectionery notes and red-berry flavours. A touch of sweetness makes for a fun, fresh style, but this also has weight and would be great alongside Mediterranean foods. 13%.
Castillo de Monjardin Merlot Rosado de Lágrima 2010, Navarra Do. $20
Salmon-coloured, boasting raspberry and strawberry fruit aromas, along with earthy, savoury secondary characters. Medium dry to taste, but this is nicely balanced by grippy tannins and firm acidity. 13.5%.
Esk Valley Merlot Malbec Rosé 2012, Hawke’s Bay. $26
Bright raspberry in colour, this wine has cherry, smoky, herbal overtones; a reasonably weighty rosé with just a hint of grippy tannins that would make for a great accompaniment to salty or spicy foods. 14.5%.
Osawa Flying Sheep Rosé 2010, Hawke’s Bay. $20
Bright, cherry-red appearance, heightened aromatics of fruitcake and spice; a forward, punchy style of rosé with some weight and concentration, along with a hint of sweetness on the finish. 13.5%.