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

1. Funky fun 2015 VILLA MARIA R&D MARL­BOR­OUGH SAUVI­GNON BLANC ‘ON SKINS’ $25

Wine­maker He­len Mor­ri­son has cre­ated a quirky “hands off/ nat­u­ral wine” that is tex­tu­ral and spicy, a touch fa­mil­iar with a dash of the wild.

2. Pinot power 2014 MOUNT ED­WARD CEN­TRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR $45

The wine­mak­ing part­ner­ship of Dun­can Forsyth and Anna Riederer is a lot like their wines, with plenty of in­tel­li­gence, char­ac­ter and charm. Try this con­cen­trated, well-struc­tured, silky and fresh wine with an Asian-spiced duck salad.

3. Good gris 2016 JULES TAY­LOR MARL­BOR­OUGH PINOT GRIS $20

Tal­ented Blen­heim-na­tive Jules Tay­lor has been craft­ing in­tensely flavoured wines since 2001. Her pinot gris is a bright, suc­cu­lent style burst­ing with red ap­ple and stone­fruit and a touch of bak­ing spices.

4. Su­per syrah 2015 CY­PRESS WINES HAWKE’S BAY SYRAH $26

Mel and Gus Law­son farm a small hill­side vine­yard, mak­ing, amongst other wines, two el­e­gant syrahs. This is the en­trylevel wine; nicely con­cen­trated with red berryfruit, dark plums, laven­der and spice notes and fine tan­nins. Great with lamb.

5. Chardon­nay charm 2015 ATA RANGI ‘PETRIE’ MART­IN­BOR­OUGH CHARDON­NAY $28

Made by He­len Mas­ters, this is a se­ri­ously de­li­cious, beau­ti­fully bal­anced wine with fine cit­rus and white peach sup­ported by nut, oat­meal and min­eral notes. Great now, and will def­i­nitely re­ward pa­tience.

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