Red, white and sweet
NEUDORF TOM’S BLOCK NELSON PINOT NOIR 2015 $33
Opting to preserve every smidge of natural purity of flavour that viticulturist Richard Flatman has managed to coax into the pinot noir from Tom’s Block, winemaker Todd Stevens has bottled this wine without fining or filtration. It’s paid off — bursting with black tea, wild raspberry and cherry layers that wrap around zesty acidity and a lush, plush, textural finish. Gamey and gorgeous. Sip with: pork and duck sausages. neudorf.co.nz
DOMAINE SERVIN CHABLIS 2015 $42
The Servin family has been crafting light and lovely, citrus-soaked chablis since 1654. So they know a thing or three about growing great chardonnay. And guess what! They’re French and they’re using screw caps. Chablis is a style of chardonnay where oak is downplayed or not used at all. Fresh as a daisy and erupting with classic, flinty, minerality, grapefruit pith, peach notes and buckets of white flowers, it’s delish. Sip with: classic crab cakes. vinofino.co.nz
BODEGAS OLIVARES DULCE MONASTRELL 2013 500ML $63
Looking for the ultimate sweet red wine? Deep in the heart of Jumilla in Spain grows a patch of ancient, ungrafted, monastrell vines owned by Bodegas Olivares. The bunches are left on the vine long into the autumn to naturally begin to raisin. This concentrates the blackcurrant intensity and spicy, caramelised characters, resulting in a richly sweet, indulgent, dessert red wine that you MUST try. Sip with: slabs of triple-cream blue cheese on oat cakes. stvincentscave.com Yvonne Lorkin
The Servin family has been crafting light and lovely, citrussoaked chablis since 1654. So they know a thing or three about growing great chardonnay.