This month’s pick of the bunch

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

1 2016 TE AWA SIN­GLE ES­TATE GIMBLETT GRAVELS SYRAH, $28 Aro­matic with dam­son plum, juicy black­ber­ries, spice and a touch of flo­rals, struc­tured but sup­ple with a gen­er­ous, fruit-rich palate and well-judged oak. A won­der­ful match for grilled lamb chops.

2 2015 BLACKENBROOK NEL­SON FAM­ILY RE­SERVE PINOT NOIR, $30 Nel­son should be on more peo­ple’s wine radars, as this el­e­gant, easy to drink wine am­ply demon­strates. Dark cherry and sweet spice/ cloves with a lovely bright­ness of fruit – it’s a burst of Nel­son sun­shine in the glass.

3 2016 GIBBSTON VAL­LEY ‘LA DULCINEE’ CEN­TRAL OTAGO PINOT GRIS, $35 Don’t fancy a red wine? Try this so­phis­ti­cated white in­stead. Creamy, spicy, fruity el­e­ments all min­gle won­der­fully, there’s a bright acid­ity and lovely con­cen­tra­tion. Off-dry, tex­tu­ral and de­li­cious.

4 2015 SAINT CLAIR PRE­MIUM MARL­BOR­OUGH PINOT NOIR, $18 Great value pinot is hard to find but the ever-re­li­able Saint Clair has hit the spot with this silky, vi­brant wine. Cherry, red plum, vi­o­let and a touch of spice, its nicely bal­anced acid­ity gives fresh­ness and lift.

5 2014 MIS­SION ES­TATE HAWKE’S BAY JEWELSTONE ‘AN­TOINE’, $48 A pol­ished, con­cen­trated and com­plex caber­net-mer­lot with a dense core of savoury ripe fruit and fine tan­nins. This will un­fold beau­ti­fully with pa­tience (if you can’t wait, de­cant be­fore savour­ing!).

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