Raise a toast
In 1992 kid rappers Kriss Kross wore their clothes backwards and released Jump. That same year the Toast Martinborough wine and food festival kicked off. Sunday, November 18 marks the 26th anniversary. Congratulations.
TE KAIRANGA TK PINOT NOIR ROSÉ 2018 $20 Made by John Kavanagh and his team, this banging, fanging little rosé is ballet shoe-pink and possessed by the spirits of 1000 cherries. Perfumed with orchard blossoms and a wink of raspberry and watermelon, it’s crisp, crunchy and shows classic pinot noir punchiness on the finish. Cleansing, fruit-saturated and summery. Sip with: smoky tomato and red pepper soup. tkwine.co.nz
MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARD HOME BLOCK CHARDONNAY 2016 $45 Martinborough Vineyard is one of the foundation wine producers of the area, having been established back in 1980 and Paul Mason is the winemaker behind this eye-poppingly delicious chardonnay. Maturing magically in the bottle, it offers aromas of creme caramel, roast peach, grapefruit pith and ground almonds, all things that osmose across the palate, leaving a comet tail of citrus and toast.
Sip with: pumpkin and sage gratin. martinboroughvineyard.co.nz
LIGHTHOUSE HAWTHORN EDITION BATCH-DISTILLED GIN 700ML $90 Founder and master distiller Neil Catherall spent several years researching and experimenting with buckets of botanicals, including fresh zest from New Zealand-grown navel oranges and yen ben lemons, to create his unique smallbatch gin back in 2005.New distiller Rachel Hall has created this cool, “big sister” batch, double-distilled from pure Wharekauhau water and featuring nine botanicals. This “navy strength” (57 per cent) gin has intense juniper, mineral and citrus characters that make it perfect for dry martinis or a cheeky Tom Collins. Sip with: goat’s cheese cigars. lighthousegin.co.nz