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.

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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 james­suck­, (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”. trin­i­ty­

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