PICK OF THE BUNCH
1. Perfect for pav
2014 MICHELE CHIARLO ‘NIVOLE’ MOSCATO D’ASTI $18 (375ML)
A delicately fizzy, fruity gem from Piedmont. At only five per cent alcohol, it’s light, fresh and perfumed with a musky grapey sweetness. Just the ticket to end the meal, or as a palate cleanser between courses.
2. Tops with turkey
2012 SEPPELT ORIGINAL SPARKLING SHIRAZ $25
A uniquely Australian style of wine, this is a joyous, warm, richly spiced, berryfruit-laden sparkler, deep in colour and flavour with gentle acidity and tannins and a cleansing whoosh of fizz to finish.
3. Seafood star
2015 WAIRAU RIVER MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC $20
Wonderfully vibrant with a medley of tropical and herbal aromas/flavours; crisp with a dry, minerally, lengthy finish. Invitingly drinkable, it will suit tricky-to-match asparagus too.
4. Helping ham
2014 CROSSROADS WINEMAKERS COLLECTION HAWKE’S BAY CHARDONNAY $34
A good chardonnay is a thing of joy and this was my absolute favourite at a big London wine show. Elegant, fresh, intense and beautifully made, featuring rich peach, citrus and fresh nut butter. Very delish.
5. Salmon sipper
2014 CIRCUIT WAIPARA PINOT NOIR $30
A gently fragrant wine with pretty red fruits and a juicy, fresh palate from Black Estate in Waipara. A light savoury note adds interest and texture; a great food wine. And it is good value too.