PICK OF THE BUNCH

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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.

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