Enchant your evening
What would you rather drop 50-60 bucks on? Gas for a four-hour drive? Yawn. Stay home and sip one of these instead…
MOANA PARK THE VINTAGE PROJECT HAWKE’S BAY VIOGNIER 2015 $60 Just two barrels were crafted of this crazy-good viognier and all are hand numbered, with a label designed by artist, musician and national treasure Fane Flaws. Flavour-wise, think honeycomb, ginger, jasmine and peach. It has beautifully textured fatness, tantalising freshness and is essentially an incredibly luscious, viognier with sexy texture derived from some extended skin-contact time (ooh-er). Sip with: smoked ham hock soup. moanapark.co.nz
DECIBEL TESTIFY GIMBLETT GRAVELS MALBEC 2016 $56 Holy inky indigo Batman! If this wine doesn’t wow you with its intensely beautiful colour, then I’ll eat a screw cap. Deeply savoury aromatics are edged with blackberry and blueberry notes, while the palate shows incredibly focused berryfruit, tobacco leaf, dried herb and black olive layers. The name comes from winemaker Dan Brennan’s “hand on heart” admission that there were no additions or manipulations to this wine and that it’s “honestly” the best malbec he’s ever made. It’s also a nod to his love of roots and soul music. Awww. Sip with: osso bucco. decibelwinesnz.com
MILLS REEF ELSPETH GIMBLETT GRAVELS CABERNET MERLOT 2016 $49.95 This glorious blend of 73 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 23 per cent merlot and 4 per cent cabernet franc is a cleverly made slow-burn of absolute genius — like you’re drinking Wild At Heart the movie or The End of the F**ing World on Netflix or something. Glossy and gorgeous in the glass, you’ll inhale a cloud of dark cherry, blackberry, plum, liquorice and cocoa and intensely concentrated smoke and vanilla on the nose and palate, which makes this unputdownably delicious to drink. Sip with: slow-cooked spring lamb. millsreef.co.nz Yvonne Lorkin
If this wine doesn’t wow you with its intensely beautiful colour, then I’ll eat a screw cap.