Here’s to you

All speed and good tim­ing to the blessed wine­mak­ers

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The grape har­vest has kicked in across the land. We, hand on heart, wish our wine­mak­ers God speed and good luck in this time of an­guish and tur­moil … CHURCH ROAD HAWKE’S BAY ROSE 2017 $16 Crafted from a blend of Hawke’s Bay mer­lot and syrah by the scarily tal­ented Chris Scott and his wine­mak­ing team, this rose is gen­er­ous, juicy and heav­ing with cherry, berry, cream­ing soda char­ac­ters and a fin­ish so long they give you a “thank you for par­tic­i­pat­ing” medal. Tangy-fresh and frisky. Sip with: Seared tuna, melon & fen­nel salad. shop.count­down.co.nz LAKE HAYES CEN­TRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2016 $29.95 This is a snazzy south­ern pinot packed with cherry, bak­ing spices, rasp­berry and tamar­illo char­ac­ters that badda-bing with bold tan­nins to cre­ate a de­li­ciously chewy texture and a long, fruit­soaked fin­ish. Sip with: roast veni­son and pick­led blue­ber­ries. www.black­mar­ket.co.nz SAINT CLAIR WAIRAU RE­SERVE MARL­BOR­OUGH SAU­VI­GNON BLANC 2017 $35 If some­one held a gun to your head and de­manded you name one of New Zealand’s most highly awarded sau­vi­gnon blanc’s or it’s cur­tains — best you whip out Wairau Re­serve. The cur­rent re­lease is a cracker. Lemon­grass, pas­sion­fruit, zesty cit­rus, sug­arsnap pea, white pep­per and cap­sicum char­ac­ters lead to a lus­cious, lime-in­duced glass of gor­geous­ness. Sip with: smoked scampi, pars­ley and lemon. www.saint­clair.co.nz Yvonne Lorkin YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

Gen­er­ous, juicy and heav­ing with cherry, berry, cream­ing soda char­ac­ters and a fin­ish so long they give you a ‘thank you for par­tic­i­pat­ing’ medal.

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