All that kale and kombucha leaving a manky taste in your mouth? A quick rinse and repeat with these babies and your taste buds will love you again …
VIDAL SOLER HAWKE’S BAY CHARDONNAY 2017 $32 Winemaker Hugh Crichton and his team have sourced fruit from their Kokako vineyard out in the sun-trap known as the Ohiti Valley and shepherded it into the bottle. Beautiful if you’re a chardonnay lover who cares for a crumb or two of truffle dusted across smoked citrus and funky, flinty flavours. Roasty, toasty, nutty notes and hints of marzipan merge with fresh acidity and lemony length of flavour. Tasty, yes. Tropical, no. Sip with: coconut-crusted prawns. finewinedelivery.co.nz GRAHAM NORTON’S OWN PINK BY DESIGN 2018 $18 A cheery and totally unconventional, multi-regional blend of pinot gris, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, this little spring fling has the sexy, pale pink colour we all want, yet slings some extra spicy aromatics and citrus zestiness into every sip. It’s an uncomplicated, grin-giving wine that I’m sure will be stocked up for barbecue season. Sip with: those glorious tandoori chicken wings from the supermarket deli. invivostore.com HUNTER’S MARLBOROUGH RIESLING 2017 $15 Here’s a dry but deeply flavoured riesling that’s erupting with lime, lemon and hints of honeysuckle and mandarin on the nose and palate. If you’re still scarred from unfashionable, sickly-sweet 1980s riesling experiences, this is just the therapy you need to get the band back together and charge into a comeback tour. Sip with: curried cauliflower and cashew salad. blackmarket.co.nz Yvonne Lorkin
YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TASTING OFFICER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRITERS OF NZ MEMBER.