Three rea­sons to ries­ling

As if Labour Week­end isn’t rea­son enough ...

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

TOHU SIN­GLE VINE­YARD MARL­BOR­OUGH RIES­LING 2016 $19.66 The soft, spicy ap­ple and lime aro­mas of this beau­ti­fully bone-dry ries­ling re­ally ap­peal. Im­me­di­ately zesty and gum-tin­gling on the palate, boat­loads of man­darin, lemon, and grape­fruity good­ness abound on the fin­ish. Sip with: pars­ley and panko-crusted fish fil­lets. to­huwines.co.nz

JUDGE ROCK CEN­TRAL OTAGO RIES­LING 2016 $24 A lovely, honey-bis­cuit aroma leads to soft ap­ple and cit­rus con­cen­tra­tion in this Alexan­dra-grown goblet of good­ness. A burst of nat­u­ral sweet­ness is bal­anced out by crushed shell min­er­al­ity, tangy acid­ity and spicy com­plex­ity on the fin­ish. Tex­tu­ral and taut. Sip with: gar­lic smoked mus­sels. judge­rock.co.nz

MILLTON OPOU VINE­YARD GIS­BORNE RIES­LING 2015 $28 Or­ganic, bio­dy­nam­i­cally-grown good­ness here from East Coast icons James and An­nie Millton. At just 8.5 per cent al­co­hol, it’s re­tained a hefty whack of nat­u­ral, hon­ey­suckle-like sweet­ness which har­mo­niously con­nects with zesty, cit­rus-led fresh­ness, ap­ple, lime and all-round love­li­ness. Sip with: chicken tikka masala. millton.co.nz

Note to NZ winer­ies: In­sist­ing on mak­ing peo­ple com­mit to buy­ing six bot­tles at a time when pur­chas­ing on­line is ridicu­lous. Who wants to be forced to buy six bot­tles of some­thing they’ve never tasted be­fore? This is why you sell sweet F.A. on­line right? Sin­gle bot­tle sales, please. Just put the ship­ping costs there, in plain sight and let our read­ers make up their own mind about pay­ing a wee bit ex­tra. Do other on­line sites make you buy six pairs of jeans, jars of jam or fish­ing reels be­cause it’s more con­ve­nient to ship in bulk? No. Don’t be lazy, don’t be greedy, just make your good wine eas­ier to get please. Yvonne Lorkin

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