PICK OF THE BUNCH

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FROM THE VINEYARD -

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.

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