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First Kiss Of Summer

Written by Jenny McLeod

Daylight saving in September ushered in the highly anticipated release of Rockburn’s Stolen Kiss Rosé 2021, marking its 15th vintage since it was first produced.

General Manager Tim Severne says “it all began when winemaker Malcolm Francis-Rees ‘stole’ some Pinot Noir grapes destined for Rockburn’s flagship Central Otago Pinot Noir and turned them into the Stolen Kiss Rosé, now one of New Zealand’s premium Rosé wines”.

“After a missed vintage in 2007 and a strong reaction from Stolen Kiss followers the wine has been produced every year since.”

Stolen Kiss is considered the perfect summer wine.

“The sweetly frivolous and fruity side of Central Otago Pinot Noir is bound up in a bottle of Stolen Kiss Rosé,” says Tim. “This year Rockburn Wines has teamed up with talented local artist Laura Shalcrass who has beautifully illustrated the aromas, flavours and origin of our much-loved Rosé.”

Stolen Kiss is available along with Rockburn’s signature Pinot Noir and award-winning Pinot Gris, Riesling and Fumé Blanc at Rockburn’s new tasting room, the Rockburn Stables, located at the Gibbston Tavern.

“After several successful seasons we have moved the tasting room from the tavern’s gallery space into the larger Stables where we offer wine and food experiences. This includes the full range of Rockburn wines alongside a selection of delicious dishes.”

The Rockburn Stables stands on the site of the historic Gibbston Hotel built in 1867 which was frequented by goldminers in the region.

“The Rockburn Cellar Door is just 25 minutes by car from Queenstown,” says Tim. “The premises are also adjacent to the Gibbston River Trail making them an ideal stopover for walkers and cyclists.”

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Jenny McLeod