WINE

For­get those flabby, sweet and sifty ex­pe­ri­ences of old, today’s gewurz­tramin­ers are pure, pre­cise and packed with punch-in-the-face flavour…

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Gewurz­traminer

SOLJANS ES­TATE GIS­BORNE GEWURZ­TRAMINER 2016 $19.90

You’ll be want­ing to move the Monaro and the Com­modore to get to the Cortina so you can take this lit­tle bot­tle from West Auck­land out to the lo­cal BYO Thai. With clas­sic musky notes on the nose, ginger, ly­chee and all that good gewurz­traminer stuff, stylis­ti­cally it’s grown on the East Coast, schooled out West, and is a bit of a con­tra­dic­tion. A power perm in shoul­der-pads, wear­ing cro­cheted san­dals and Kama Su­tra love oil. Sip with: spicy sa­tay prawns. soljans.co.nz

NAT­U­RAL WINE CO. OR­GANIC GIS­BORNE GEWURZ­TRAMINER 2015 $18

This is about as nat­u­ral as it gets for gewurz­traminer pro­duc­tion. Ni­cola and Ge­off Wright are or­ganic pioneers in Gis­borne and along­side not adding any her­bi­cides, in­sec­ti­cides or fungi­cides, they’re also not adding any yeast, opt­ing in­stead for wild, “nat­u­ral” yeasts to con­duct the fer­ment. Here’s a funkier, smok­ier, drier style, laced with ly­chee and clas­sic spices, bet­ter than most other (rather blousy) ex­am­ples out there at this price. Sip with: lemon­grass and chilli squid salad. wrightswines.co.nz

KAIMIRA ES­TATE BRIGHTWATER NEL­SON GEWURZ­TRAMINER 2016 $25

Cer­ti­fied or­ganic, this wine is one huge high-five as to why Nel­son is con­sid­ered New Zealand’s spir­i­tual home of the aro­matic white wines. Kaimira is named after an old flour mill built near the site of the orig­i­nal win­ery, but today it’s all about the grapes. Per­fumed with nectarine and jas­mine and sul­try, dusky, musky magic, I also love the ly­chee, ginger and peachy plush­ness along­side good acid­ity and gen­eros­ity. Sip with: Cam­bo­dian samla chicken curry. kaimi­raw­ines.com Yvonne Lorkin

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

A power perm in shoul­der-pads, wear­ing cro­cheted san­dals and Kama Su­tra love oil.

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