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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 …

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Spring fling

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.

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