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

1. Sweet spot

2016 FRAM­ING­HAM WINES ‘SE­LECT’ MARL­BOR­OUGH RIES­LING $35 It’s im­pos­si­ble to dis­cuss NZ ries­ling with­out men­tion­ing Fram­ing­ham, whose amaz­ing wine­maker An­drew Hed­ley is re­spon­si­ble for many of its most de­li­cious ex­am­ples. This is a later-har­vested wine, richly in­tense, pure, poised and per­fect. Savour slowly.

2. South­ern star

2016 MAUDE ‘MT MAUDE VINE­YARD’ DRY CEN­TRAL OTAGO RIES­LING $25 Wanaka-based Maude Wines makes a won­der­ful ar­ray of wines, with two ex­cel­lent ries­lings. This dry ver­sion is fresh with del­i­cate ap­ple blos­som and cit­rus notes lead­ing to a crunchy, tangy, very finely bal­anced palate. If you’d fancy a sweeter ver­sion, their East Block is equally good.

3. Dry de­light

2016 TE WHARE RA ‘SV5182 D’ MARL­BOR­OUGH RIES­LING $28 From an or­gan­i­cally grown vine­yard, this is a lively wine, per­fumed with limes, sum­mer herbs and Granny Smith ap­ples; dry, crunchy and taut with lovely tex­ture and length.

4. Pure and pretty

2016 TWO RIVERS OF MARL­BOR­OUGH ‘JULIET’ MARL­BOR­OUGH RIES­LING $20 Clean and crisp with sweet limes and hon­ey­suckle, this is a sub­tle, medium-dry wine with lovely ten­sion be­tween fruit in­ten­sity and acid­ity. Try with snap­per in cit­rus beurre blanc.

5. Bar­gain buy

2015 GIESEN ES­TATE MARL­BOR­OUGH RIES­LING $15 A lighter-bod­ied, pretty style; with cit­rus and white flower notes, it’s medium-dry with a juicy, suc­cu­lent palate. Match with a Thai prawn salad.

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