Eke out the sunshine with rosés

Wild Rock Vin Gris 2009, Hawkes Bay
Wild Rock Vin Gris 2009, Hawkes Bay
Ching-He Huang

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Just as the summer seems to be over, I found myself tasting two delicious and very different rosés this week which deserve a few more days of sunshine.

Côtes de Provence, along with its near neighbour Aix en Provence in the south of France, is responsible for some of France’s driest as well as palest rosés, perfect for long alfresco lunches.

Chateau Léoube is owned by British entrepreneur Sir Anthony Bamford. Amongst the range of wines produced is the Chateau Léoube Rosé 2010, Cotes de Provence (corneyandbarrow.com £13.99) made from a blend dominated by grenache and cinsault.

New Zealand winery Wild Rock has produced something a little fuller but still light and fresh.

Top tipple

Wild Rock Vin Gris 2009, Hawkes Bay

Made from a blend including merlot, malbec, syrah and pinot noir, has a refreshing finish.

Waitrose, £9.39 on offer at £6.99 until October 11