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The best Rosé from Food's Top Wine Awards 2019

Sit pretty with pink - Master of Wine Paul Tudor shares his top Rosé picks from Food magazine's Top Wine Awards.

Look out for the Food Top Wine Award stickers on these bottles at supermarkets and selected liquor retailers.
Arrogant Frog Ribet Pink Syrah Rosé 2017 ($17)
Although it has an amusing name and a fun label, this wine hailing from the South of France is a serious example of some sophisticated winemaking. It's off dry, but there's real depth and structure in here that will go well with Mediterranean-style cuisine.
Black Cottage Marlborough Rosé 2018 ($18)
From the excellent 2018 vintage comes this beautifully balanced and finely crafted pink wine. Not a big wine by any means, but there are some lovely berry fruit characters and some savoury touches on the palate. This is a great all-rounder at a very fair price.
Kim Crawford Hawke's Bay Rosé 2018 ($18)
From the warmer climes of Hawke's Bay, this has more weight and texture than some of the other wines in this selection, but it also has a fair amount of residual sweetness to balance that grippy fruit. Certainly could be enjoyed on its own, but this has good food-matching potential.
Stoneleigh of Marlborough Wild Valley Wild Ferment Rosé 2018 ($18)
Salmon hue, restrained nose, some lovely curranty, cherry fruit. Nice supple texture, good concentration, relatively dry. Quite a complex, sophisticated wine that would be great at the dinner table. This is the real deal. Very good.
Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Rosé 2018 ($20)
An interesting nose, toffee apple, mixed with red fruits, savoury and woodsy at the same time. This has a reasonably firm, savoury palate. While the fruit is quite delicate and it finishes with a hint of sweetness, it would be lovely to try out various food matches with this fun rosé.
SOHO White Collection Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 ($24)
This aromatic, flowery wine will be popular with those who enjoy rosé as an aperitif. On the sweeter side, it has a soft, creamy mouthfeel and balanced aftertaste.