This month’s pick of the bunch

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FROM THE VINEYARD -

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.

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