WINE

Fes­tive fuel

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.

THE HUNT­ING LODGE GIS­BORNE MARSANNE VIOGNIER 2016 $25

This is a clas­sic Rhone blend of two key va­ri­eties that are very tricky to get right, yet the Hunt­ing Lodge kids have cracked it. In­cred­i­bly tasty and a to­tal flo­ral-fest on the nose, I love its apri­cot and jas­mine notes, man­darin pith and lemony love­li­ness. Zesty acid­ity, in­cred­i­ble tex­ture and de­li­ciously pure, white fruits make it rather gor­geous. Sip with: baked prawn, feta and olive flat­breads. the­hunt­in­glodge.com

LA MARCA PROSECCO D.O.C $24-$27

How stylish is this bot­tle? It shouldn’t mat­ter, I know, but it helps if it looks like money on the ta­ble, right? Un­like many pros­ec­cos on the mar­ket, it’s not sweet. In fact it’s de­li­ciously dry, snappy-fresh, cit­rus-driven and has a light, “friz­zante” tex­ture, so it doesn’t erupt in your mouth like a fizz-bomb. In­stead it slides down like a soft, spritzy rib­bon of love­li­ness. Sip with: lin­guine von­gole. ad­v­in­tage.co.nz

MATAHIWI HOLLY WAIRARAPA PINOT NOIR 2016 $39.95

2016 was an ab­so­lute screamer of a vin­tage for the Matahiwi team, and there was ab­so­lutely no ques­tion that they’d be mak­ing a “Holly” pinot that year. It went on to score a gold medal at the 2017 Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Wine Com­pe­ti­tion and as soon as you sip it you’ll see why. Huge flavours here, masses of spice, in­tense cherry and plum and tamar­illo-tas­tic notes. Bang­ing acid­ity and bold tan­nins mean this will cel­lar bril­liantly for years and years. Sip with: lamb and egg­plant stacks.

La Marca slides down like a soft, spritzy rib­bon of love­li­ness.

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