This month’s pick of the bunch
1 2016 VALLI VINEYARDS GIBBSTON VALLEY PINOT GRIS, $30 Grant Taylor has a lengthy history in Central and, with talented Jen Parr, makes fascinating wines at Valli. This is fresh and pretty, with pear, apple and baked gingerbread in a light, food-friendly style. 2 2017 RABBIT RANCH CENTRAL OTAGO ROSÉ, $22 Central’s an expensive place to make wine so well done Rabbit Ranch for always over-delivering quality while keeping it affordable. Delicate watermelon and strawberry, textural and fresh. Yum! 3 2016 PEREGRINE ‘RASTABURN’ CENTRAL OTAGO RIESLING, $27 Riesling loves Central, and is made in a variety of styles. This is off-dry, low in alcohol (9.5 per cent) with kaffir lime and honeysuckle aromas, a juicy, vibrant palate and clean, crisp finish. Pair with soft goat’s cheese, or even better, Comté cheese. 4 2016 AURUM CENTRAL OTAGO ORGANIC PINOT NOIR, $38 France meets NZ at this organic vineyard, with winemaker Lucie Lawrence originating from Burgundy. Luckily for us, as this spicy, expressive wine shows. Easy to drink, it’s a great match with lamb. 5 2016 TWO PADDOCKS ‘THE LAST CHANCE’ EARNSCLEUGH PINOT NOIR, $85 From their tiny Alexandra vineyard, this is a beautifully structured wine with a silky covering of red fruits, traced with wild herbs, briar and earth. Elegant, vibrant and satisfying, it’s delicious wine made by lovely people.