Good health

Well, Easter flew by in a blur of choc-in­duced crazi­ness, so it’s time to em­brace World Health Day with a glass of some­thing good and pure…

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - RESTAURANT + WINE - Yvonne Lorkin

STRAIGHT 8 ESTATE CAN­TER­BURY RIES­LING 2016 $18

Get set for lash­ings of lime, hon­ey­suckle, lemon­ade and loads of trop­i­cal tasti­ness in this lit­tle cracker from Can­ter­bury. Named af­ter the 1935 Straight 8 Rail­ton “Light Sports” car on dis­play in their Burn­ham cel­lar door, it boasts buck­ets of nat­u­ral sweet­ness and just the right amount of crunchy acid­ity to bal­ance it out. It’s a racy, ul­tra-re­fresh­ing sip that’s a per­fect, perk-up for any lazy, late af­ter­noon palate. Sip with: ku­mara and gin­ger gratin. straight8es­tate.co.nz

REDMETAL VINE­YARDS HAWKE’S BAY MER­LOT CABER­NET FRANC 2015 $19

Crafted from fruit grown in the iron-rich, red soils of the Bridge Pa Tri­an­gle, this is a gen­tle, ea­sy­like-Sun­day-morn­ing red wine show­ing at­trac­tive red berry aro­mat­ics, a dust­ing of co­coa, plum and bay leaf. It’s a soft, quaf­fa­ble blend that’ll please the crowds. Need a red wine for that wed­ding com­ing up? This could be your an­swer. Sip with: beef carpac­cio. red­met­alvine­yards.co.nz

FRAMINGHAM F-SERIES MARL­BOR­OUGH PINOT GRIS 2017 $35

Just 850 in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered bot­tles were made of this lux­u­ri­ous, lus­cious pinot gris by An­drew Hed­ley and his scar­ily tal­ented team at Framingham, so be quick to nab your bot­tle of this nashi-in­fused, roast pear and poached quince-soaked ex­am­ple be­fore it’s all gone. Sweet yes, but se­ri­ously re­fresh­ing and tangy and boast­ing caramelised con­cen­tra­tion on the fin­ish. Sip with: Thai fish cakes. framingham.co.nz YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

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