PICK OF THE BUNCH
1. Juicy red
2015 CHERMETTE BEAUJOLAIS ‘LES GRIOTTES’ $26 A lot of Beaujolais is light and innocuous but not this drink-me-now beauty. Made from gamay grapes, it’s packed with ripe cherries, blueberries and spice with a supple yet vivacious palate. ‘Les Griottes’ is French for cherries – very apt.
2. Best of both
2016 AURUM CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT GRIS ROSÉ $28 Winemaker Lucie Lawrence brings a touch of French style to Cromwell with this lively rosé – lots of strawberries and cream plus a wonderfully textural palate. Sophisticated and utterly delicious!
3. Bordeaux bargain
2012 LA CROIX BARTON BORDEAUX $25 A super introduction to Bordeaux reds, this entry-level merlot cabernet blend is easygoing, smooth and savoury with ripe blackcurrants and gentle tannins. Perfect for roast lamb with all the trimmings.
4. Sharp chard
2015 DOMAINE SEGUINOT BORDET PETIT CHABLIS $25 From a 13th generation winemaker based in the northernmost sub-region of Burgundy, this is a delicate and fresh chardonnay with pretty green apple, citrus and mineral notes. Lovely with fresh oysters.
5. Southern star
2014 CHÂTEAU PEGAU CÔTES DU RHÔNE ‘CUVÉE MACLURA’ $25 Daughter Laurence is the current winemaker at this smart Rhône producer, delivering a grenachedominant blend that is vibrant and richly-fruited with a wonderful undercurrent of savoury-spice. A great buy.