Glory, hal­lelu­jah

So you’re 40-some­thing, fe­male and find­ing whiskers in weird places on your face? Fret not. Sip and for­get the hor­ror.

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Yvonne Lorkin Yvonne Lorkin is co-founder and chief tast­ing of­fi­cer of wine­friend.co.nz and a Wine Writ­ers of NZ mem­ber.

GLAD­STONE VINE­YARD SAU­VI­GNON BLANC 2015 $27

Throw­ing them­selves head­long into or­ganic viti­cul­ture, Chris­tine Ker­nohan and her team of Wairarapa sau­vi­gnon sen­seis are reap­ing the re­wards right here. Softly, softly is how this su­per-flo­ral ex­am­ple plays out, with hints of fresh lawn clip­pings, basil, sweet pea and some plucky, pre­served le­mon lay­ers give it lus­cious­ness, length and com­plex­ity. Sip with: steamed snap­per with lemon­grass and co­rian­der. glad­stonevine­yard.co.nz

AKARUA PINOT NOIR 2016 $43

Crafted from fruit sourced from their Fel­ton Rd and Cairn­muir vine­yards in Cen­tral Otago, af­ter all the medals this wine has hauled in, it de­serves to be given “na­tional trea­sure” sta­tus, surely. Clove, mace, baked cherry, anise and buck­ets of bouncy, plush acid­ity and cud­dly, furry tan­nins make this a “must try be­fore you die” wine. Darn de­li­cious. Sip with: spicy lamb saag. akarua.com

VI­DAL LE­GACY CHARDON­NAY 2016 $60

Oh lordy, what a wine! A Hawke’s Bay stun­ner, with its al­lur­ing aro­mas of grilled grape­fruit, roast peach, toasted al­monds and a hint of smoke. I strug­gled to peel the glass away from my nose for long enough to ac­tu­ally put any in my gob! Thank­fully I per­sisted, be­cause it’s ul­tra-fresh, beau­ti­fully lay­ered with bang­ing cit­rus and suc­cu­lent stone­fruit and fol­lows through with a fat, fleshy fin­ish. Glo­ri­ous. Sip with: mango and lime-driz­zled chicken drums. vi­dal.co.nz

I strug­gled to peel the glass away from my nose for long enough to ac­tu­ally put any in my gob!

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