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Fo­cus on th­ese Ital­ian lovelies and all will be­come clear

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Ital­ian lovelies

No, to­day is not World Glau­coma Aware­ness Day. That’s on Mon­day. Red wine helps main­tain good eye­sight, so try th­ese lovelies and never cock up your cal­en­dar again.

MATANE PRIMITIVO PUGLIA IGT 2015 $22 If you thought all primitivo was in the “big gun” class, then here’s your happy place be­cause this slip­pery, spicy and suc­cu­lent ex­am­ple from the Sa­lento penin­sula is “easy like Sun­day morn­ing” in the sipping-stakes. Fruit­cake, cher­ries, dam­son plums and boy­sen­ber­ries are warmly wrapped in a cardi­gan of co­coa and lib­er­ally laced with rasp­berry liquorice on the fin­ish. Sip with: lamb koftes. www.posh­slosh.co.nz

SECCO-BERTANI ORIG­I­NAL VIN­TAGE EDI­TION 2014 $43 A clas­sic-yet-pow­er­ful Veronese blend of 80 per cent corv­ina, 10 per cent san­giovese, and 5 per cent each of syrah and caber­net sauvignon, this is a mon­ster-good wine. It’s a new ar­rival with lit­tle avail­able, so you’ll need to jump quick. Burst­ing with vi­o­let, cran­berry, pome­gran­ate, and cherry aro­mat­ics, plus red­cur­rant, cedar and a snifter of cola on the fin­ish, it’s in­cred­i­bly bright and vi­brant to drink, yet un­der­pinned with earthy com­plex­ity. Sip with: veni­son osso bucco. info@ar­ti­gianoim­ports.co.nz

BOSCO DEL GRILLO GOVERNO ALL’ USO TOSCANA IGT 2015 $22 Even though it’s ba­si­cally a Chi­anti at 80 per cent san­giovese, be­cause the Bosco team blended in 10 per cent mer­lot, 5 per cent caber­net sauvignon and 5 per cent col­orino grapes means the wine has to slap on the IGT tag in­stead. But they ain’t “bovvered”, and I couldn’t be hap­pier. It’s an el­e­gant, gen­er­ous wine with lash­ings of vi­o­lets, spice, and dried herbs and a layer of dark co­coa on the de­li­ciously dusty fin­ish. Sip with: Vine-leaf-wrapped lamb rumps. info@ar­ti­gianoim­ports.co.nz Yvonne Lorkin

YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

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