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…
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.