BY THE GLASS
Bottles that look as good as they taste, getting ready for a sparkly Valentine’s, award-sweeping cider, a deliciously herbal collaboration and distillery innovation – YVONNE LORKIN rounds up the latest from the world of drinks.
The new permanent installation Under/ Understanding by New York-based designer Dror Benshetrit at the Brancott Heritage Centre in Marlborough has inspired the release of a limited-edition range of wines. Reflection is the name given to a new sauvignon blanc/sauvignon gris 2016 blend ($60) and a 2015 pinot noir ($80) with packaging designed by Dror, and (unsurprisingly) they taste like liquid art. What a score The Trinity Hill 2015 Homage Syrah ($130) recently received 99 points out of 100 from Nick Stock for jamessuckling.com, (one of the world’s most influential wine reviewers) making it the highest “international scoring” wine ever made in New Zealand.
“A superb wine. Quite possibly the greatest expression of syrah that New Zealand has produced to date,” said Stock, who also described New Zealand syrah as, “a quiet force to be reckoned with, primarily the wines of Hawke’s Bay. Outside of the Northern Rhône, and perhaps Chile, it is hard to think of a place that delivers syrah with this much allure”. trinityhill.com