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RACY RIESLING 2014 Alan Scott Fam­ily Wine­mak­ers Marl­bor­ough Riesling $18

Gold medal­list at the Air NZ Wine Awards, vi­brantly fresh in a just-off-dry style with crunchy green ap­ple, ripe citrus and hon­ey­suckle aro­mas and flavours. Match with rice pa­per spring rolls.

PINOT PLEASER 2015 Akarua ‘Rua’ Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir $25

Redo­lent with dark cher­ries, wild rasp­ber­ries and thyme, this is an at­trac­tive el­e­gant juicy fruited red, per­fect for veni­son stew. But get in quick as Gold medal-winning pinots at this price do not last long!

SU­PER SAV 2015 Saint Clair Marl­bor­ough Sau­vi­gnon Blanc $32

Saint Clair is one of NZ’s most awarded winer­ies, and it’s al­most a given this wine will pick up at least one gold if not a Tro­phy each year. Top qual­ity, it’s snappy, fresh, con­cen­trated and bal­anced.

BEST-BUY BUB­BLES Lin­dauer Clas­sic Brut $15

Mak­ing sparkling wine is fid­dly and takes ages, so it’s a mys­tery to me how Lin­dauer man­ages to pro­duce such con­sis­tently well-priced, medal-winning ex­am­ples. A win-win for bub­bly lovers ev­ery­where.

GREAT GRIS 2015 Ata Mara Cen­tral Otago Pinot Gris $18

A Sil­ver medal­list at the re­cent De­canter World Wine Awards in Lon­don, this is a fra­grant, fruity white with baked pear, ginger­bread and or­ange blos­som, good rich­ness and a clean fresh fin­ish. En­joy with gouda and fresh pears.

SE­RI­OUS SYRAH Bi­lan­cia La Col­lina Hawke’s Bay Syrah $120

It’s not sub­mit­ted to wine shows due to its mi­nus­cule vol­umes but this is with­out a doubt one of the coun­try’s most stel­lar and de­li­cious wines. Metic­u­lously pro­duced, com­plex, and ut­terly se­duc­tive.

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