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

1. Walk on the wild side 2015 GREYWACKE MARL­BOR­OUGH ‘WILD SAUVI­GNON’ $38

Funky, flinty and tex­tu­ral, this is not your usual Marl­bor­ough sauvi­gnon; the ad­di­tional wine­mak­ing tricks have added not only com­plex­ity but also ex­tra age-wor­thi­ness.

2. Age and grace 2013 PROPHET’S ROCK CEN­TRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR $60

Help­fully, Prophet’s Rock does a bit of cel­lar­ing for you, typ­i­cally re­leas­ing their wines a few years af­ter the ma­jor­ity. You can drink their savoury, soul­ful pinot now, or tuck it away to mel­low even fur­ther.

3. Bub­bly beauty HUNTER’S MIRU MIRU NV MARL­BOR­OUGH BRUT $25

Good sparkling is a very use­ful thing to have on hand in a cel­lar and Miru Miru (Maori for “bub­bles”) is a very use­ful sparkling: vi­brantly fresh but with a sat­is­fy­ing rich­ness.

4. Bar­gain buy 2015 VI­DAL ES­TATE RE­SERVE HAWKE’S BAY MER­LOT CABER­NET $17

A cracker of a wine, and a bar­gain to boot. Dark bram­bly berryfruit and plums, a lick of spice and cedar, silky tan­nins and depth of flavour – a few years in the cel­lar will only in­crease its har­mony and depth.

5. Cracker chard 2015 MAHI MARL­BOR­OUGH CHARDON­NAY $29

Per­fectly poised with lay­ers of cit­rus, white peach and toasted nuts, this chardon­nay has a creamy, fruit-rich palate shot through with a fine vein of min­er­ally acid­ity – hard to re­sist now but cer­tain to re­pay pa­tience.

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