Two gris and a noir

To­day I am judg­ing Fash­ion in the Field at the Hawke’s Bay Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val. Scary. I’m far more com­fort­able judg­ing flash wine than frocks and fas­ci­na­tors …

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - RESTAURANT + WINE - Yvonne Lorkin YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

INVIVO MICHELLE’S CEN­TRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2017 $40

Named af­ter wine­maker Rob Cameron’s lovely mother, this is a richly struc­tured, spicy-but-nicey pinot noir that re­ally sticks its head above the rest. Huge cherry and tamar­illo flavours, warm­ing (it is 14.5 per cent al­co­hol) and in­cred­i­bly tex­tu­ral. It’s bold, racy and ro­bust like you wouldn’t be­lieve. Tiny amounts are made of this wine only when the fruit is per­fect — so en­joy it while you can. Sip with: duck pan­cakes in­vivowines.com

EIGHT RANGES CEN­TRAL OTAGO PINOT GRIS 2017 $27

Bright and glossy in the glass and scented with sub­tle pear and ap­ple char­ac­ters, this is a pearler of a pinot gris. Made by the leg­endary Matt Con­nell (of Akarua and Matt Con­nell Wines fame), it’s chock-full of fresh and frisky fruit, crisp acid­ity, and taut­ness of tex­ture. So frol­ic­some and flavour­some, it’ll bring you back to life if you’re feel­ing a tad list­less and have you chal­leng­ing the kids to hand­stand con­tests in no time. Sip with: any­thing figgy. eigh­tranges.co.nz

ASH RIDGE ES­TATE HAWKE’S BAY PINOT GRIS 2017 $21

While I’ve been a huge fan of Ash Ridge’s big, bold reds and darn stylish chardon­nays since the get-go, as soon as I sipped their shiny new pinot gris I was like, “Where have you been all my life?” Del­i­cately scented with clas­sic white peach, poached quince and pear, the palate is boosted by those iron-rich, red grav­els of the Bridge Pa Tri­an­gle that in­jects rich­ness, tongue-tin­gling tex­tures and a long, nashi-like note on the fin­ish. Sip with: but­ter chicken? Boom! ashridgewines.co.nz

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