wine match

Element - - Food - By Yvonne Lorkin

The last thing you’ll want to drink with a sum­mer salad is some­thing heavy, which is why I’ve cho­sen the Rich­mond Plains ‘Monarch’ Nel­son Rose 2011 ($19). I love the way the earthy notes and vi­brant red berry flavours merge with rich, salty ba­con and parme­san; and how the fruity vi­brant berry flavours work beau­ti­fully with the tangy lemon vinai­grette and crunchy as­para­gus. Made from or­gan­i­cally grown, hand-picked pinot noir, it is crisp and light on the palate. The ‘Monarch’ is also a great match for the en­vi­ron­ment too; it’s the first of the Rich­mond Plains wines to be re­leased in New Zealand’s light­est 750ml glass bot­tle. Weigh­ing in at a mere 325 grams and at just over 1kg full of wine, it’s lighter than some other bot­tles empty, says owner Lars Jensen. Im­ported from Italy, the new bot­tles are 20mm shorter which means more cases can be stacked on a pal­let in or­der to be fit­ted into a con­tainer. This also means fewer re­sources are used to trans­port the wine, re­duc­ing fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion. “It’s been a big chal­lenge to find suit­able light­weight bot­tles in New Zealand” says Jensen, “the light­est bot­tles we have been able to use pre­vi­ously were 40 per cent heav­ier. So these re­ally do make a big dif­fer­ence to the en­vi­ron­ment and across our busi­ness.” Cer­ti­fied or­ganic since 1992, in 2008 Rich­mond Plains be­came the first New Zealand vine­yard to carry both or­ganic and bio­dy­namic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The vine­yard was also the first to pro­duce cer­ti­fied or­ganic ver­sions of New Zealand sau­vi­gnon blanc and pinot noir. www.rich­mond­plains.co.nz

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