On­line out­liers

Some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - RESTAURANT + WINE - YVONNE LORKIN YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

Your usual reds ap­pear­ing a tad samey-samey? Get wal­let, grab key­board and let your fin­gers take a walk on the wild side…

KARIKARI ES­TATE PINOTAGE 2013 $42 Wine­maker Alan Collinson has un­leashed a wine that lit­er­ally had me leap around, yelling at peo­ple in my of­fice to taste it. Per­fumed, plush, plump and packed with sexy berries and con­cen­trated co­coa, spices and sar­sa­par­illa char­ac­ters, it’s my new favourite thing. Fresh acid­ity and soft, stretchy tan­nins and lus­cious length of flavour. Gor­geous. Sip with: Roast lamb leg with an­chovy crumb. www.karikari­es­tate.co.nz

HERON’S FLIGHT MATAKANA DOLCETTO 2014 $60 Ul­tra- glossy in the glass, this tiny lit­tle out­fit in Matakana spe­cialise in inky- dark, Ital­ian reds, san­giovese and dolcetto. Only 100 cases were pro­duced of this brightly fruited, herb- heavy wine, burst­ing with boy­sen­ber­ries, black olive, leather and a tweak of to­bacco. Fresh, tan­ta­lis­ingly toasty and boasts a de­li­ciously chewy fin­ish. Sip with: Pork cheek ragu on riga­toni. www.herons­flight.co.nz

RIVERA NEGROAMARO SALENTO 2015 $16.99 Down in south­ern Puglia, ne­gro­maro is the most com­mon red grape in the ground and it’s easy to see why its so loved. Juicy, suc­cu­lent, red cherry and berry lay­ers com­bine with sweetly- spiced flavour sat­u­ra­tion and ter­rif­i­cally taut tex­ture in the mid palate. Sip with: Ital­ian shred­ded beef sand­wiches. www.glen­gar­ry­wines.co.nz

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