Reviewed by Cath Joyce
Rose wine is a type of wine that incorporates some colour from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. Given a choice I tend to choose rose as I find it more refreshing and without the bitterness and heaviness that you can get with some red wines.
The best way to find out about a particular wine is to look at their website and The New Zealand House of Wine website http://www.nzhouseofwine.co.uk/ is a very informative website that is very easy to navigate. I liked how the website was laid out and thought the filter option where you could select wine by grape, region, colour, producer and price was a very useful tool.
The company was set up in 2003 with the aim to make a wider selection of New Zealand wines easily accessible to the UK market. 17 years on and it remains a specialist online retailer and their knowledge has been recognised by the wine industry, resulting in them being awarded the “Specialist Merchants of the year for New Zealand” at the International Wine Challenge no less than eight times and the company has been shortlisted twice for “Specialist Merchant of the Year” at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Therefore, you can be sure that they know what they are talking about when it comes to New Zealand wine!
I was recently sent a bottle of Villa Maria Private Bin Rose 2018 wine to review. I learnt a lot about the wine and its production from the website which states that the wine is made from a combination of vineyard parcels drawn from throughout the east coast regions of New Zealand. Following harvesting and gentle crushing, a portion of the parcels received extended skin contact to extract colour from the berry skins with the balance pressed straight to tank. Fermentation of the individual parcels in stainless steel tanks was kept cool to preserve freshness and aromatics. The delicate salmon pink hue has been carefully managed throughout the process to ensure it remains true and bright.
I tried this wine with both chicken and salmon dishes and it went perfectly with both. The wine is light and fruity with a light strawberry fragrance both when I smelt it and tasted it. It was very easy to drink and after a very stressful week it was lovely to relax with a good meal and an excellent glass of wine.
When I am shopping for rose wine I generally purchase wines around the £6 bracket and I tend to just buy whatever is on offer or whichever bottle I like the look of. I am sure wine enthusiasts will be rolling their eyes at me but this tends to be the way most of my friends shop for wine too. Up until now I haven’t found one that I would go out of my way to purchase however after trying the Villa Maria Private Bin Rose I think I may have found the one that I will be buying on a regular basis. Luckily The New Zealand House of Wine website do a multi-buy deal, one bottle costs £11.99 but if you purchase six then the price drops to £9.99 per bottle so what better excuse is there to stock up?
If you are a rose wine drinker then I would recommend that you give this one a try. It would also make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day or once the weather warms up is the perfect bottle to take to a summer barbeque.
Available to buy from here.