Crunch time

Wines with a win­ning edge

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - RESTAURANT + WINE -

Ries­ling is like the video for that Katy Perry song

Hot N Cold. While one bot­tle stands de­mure and sweet at the church, the other’s in her wed­ding dress, smash­ing your car to pieces. It’s a beau­ti­fully bi-po­lar va­ri­ety…

GREENHOUGH AP­PLE VAL­LEY NEL­SON RIES­LING 2016 $20

Ev­ery year I marvel at the amount of in­tense Granny Smith and Jazz-ap­ple crisp­ness and con­cen­trated, spritzy, lime-laden sweet­ness that they man­age to cram into this wine. Sourced from a tiny, north-fac­ing vine­yard on Ap­ple Val­ley Rd (cutest road name ever) over­look­ing the Moutere es­tu­ary, it’s ter­rif­i­cally tangy, taut and ultra-re­fresh­ing. It hits that per­fect bal­ance be­tween nat­u­ral sweet­ness and knifeedge acid­ity to cre­ate a wine that’s ab­so­lutely mouth­wa­ter­ing with spicy tan­doori chicken. www.greenhough.co.nz

JOHNER ES­TATE WAIRARAPA RIES­LING 2016 $24

Karl Heinz Johner makes wine in op­po­site hemi­spheres, with fam­ily es­tates in Baden, (in Ger­many’s Kais­er­stuhl re­gion) and in Mart­in­bor­ough’s Glad­stone sub-re­gion. Ries­ling is a hero grape for him and he loves the crunchy green acid­ity, pear notes, baked ap­ple, lime zest and honey char­ac­ters that Mart­in­bor­ough grapes give so much, he’s de­cided to spend most of his time look­ing af­ter it in New Zealand, while his son Pa­trick looks af­ter the Ger­man op­er­a­tion. Sip with Thai green ap­ple salad. www.johner­estate.com

TWO RIVERS ‘JULIET’ MARL­BOR­OUGH RIES­LING 2015 $20

Righto. Hands up who wants a ries­ling pos­i­tively erupt­ing with man­darin, ap­ple and lime! Hands up who wants ries­ling that rocks a splash of sweet­ness but has crisp, clean, zing-a-ling acid­ity and a long, racy mouth­feel! Hands up … wait, you’ve got no more hands. Just as well you’ve got taste­buds to en­joy the waves of hon­ey­suckle edged with hints of beeswax then right? Sip this with a steam­ing bowl of Sin­ga­pore Chilli Crab. www.tworivers.co.nz

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