WINE

Rock into the week­end with th­ese red ras­cals

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BYRNE WINES LIT­TLE BROTHER RED 2016 $19

Here’s a toasty (and tasty) blend of syrah, viog­nier that also uses a splishy splash of cham­bourcin (shom-bore-sarn) to frisk up the flavour pro­file. North­land has a knack for turn­ing out softly styled, savoury, earthy-toned, plump reds that clear the nose and soothe the throat — and this is one of those. Light, plush and easy to drink. Sip with: a wedge of White­stone Wind­sor Blue. byrnewine.com

SAN MARZANO ‘TALO’ PRIMITIVO DI MANDURA 2014 $25

Primitivo swings both ways and this sexy lit­tle sip errs on the sweet, spicy and su­per-smooth side as op­posed to the more dusty, mas­cu­line, leath­ery ex­am­ples out there. Named af­ter the Talo fam­ily who grew the grapes which made the ma­jor­ity of the wine in this bot­tle, it’s a red that sings sweetly but has some­thing dry to add to ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion. It’s like an Ital­ian ver­sion of Mor­ris­sey in a bot­tle. Sip with: Ital­ian pork pastit­sio. sapori.co.nz

HERON’S FLIGHT SANGIOVESE RE­SERVE 2013 $60

Holy squid squirt Bat­man! This is quite pos­si­bly the inki­est, dark­est wine I’ve sipped in ... for­ever. Glossy ma­genta-black in the glass and show­ing moun­tains of mel­low, meaty magic, soft spices, a hint of soy, olive and gen­tly dusty tan­nins to tie it all up on the way down. Pricey, but oh so nicey, from a New Zealand sangiovese spe­cial­ist. Sip with: Ital­ian-style scotch eggs. herons­flight.co.nz Yvonne Lorkin YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

North­land has a knack for turn­ing out softly styled, savoury, earthy-toned, plump reds that clear the nose and soothe the throat.

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