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Fab­u­lously flo­ral

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SAINT CLAIR ORI­GIN MARL­BOR­OUGH GRUNER VELT­LINER 2017 $21

Some days drag on longer than Steven Joyce’s fis­cal hole head­lines. So if you need to be perked up and punched back into life — a fleshy, fruity and fab­u­lously flo­ral wine like this will do that nicely. Scented with sum­mer flow­ers, le­mon zest and al­mond, as well as crushed seashells, it’s a fresh, frisky white wine to per­fectly pair with day­light sav­ing. Sip with: the salty crack­ling and juicy, herb-in­fused flesh of Tuscan roasted pork belly. saint­clair.co.nz

TIN­POT HUT MCKEE VINE­YARD MARL­BOR­OUGH GRUNER VELT­LINER 2015 $25.50

Holy oys­ter shells and al­monds, Bat­man! This gruner is grown by the McKee fam­ily of Blind River in the Awa­tere Val­ley who are friends and neigh­bours of wine­maker Fiona Turner. With its in­cred­i­bly pre­cise flo­ral, saline and nutty top notes and lay­ers of herbs and white peach, the sig­na­ture grape of Aus­tria is clearly mak­ing a happy home here. This se­ri­ously stylish wine just sings. Sip with: le­mon and fen­nel chicken meat­balls. tin­pothut.co.nz

STEININGER KAMPTAL RE­SERVE GRUNER VELT­LINER GRAND GRU 2015 $45

Steininger are part of a “gang” of 23 pro­duc­ers in Aus­tria known as the “Oster­re­ich” and I love their “Grand Gru” clas­si­fi­ca­tion as a cheeky pun on the term grand cru. Lo­cated in Lan­gen­lois, deep in the beau­ti­ful, pres­ti­gious Kamptal Val­ley, Steininger’s vines have pro­duced a racy, rip-the-but­tons-off-your­cardi­gan, or­gan­i­cally-grown clas­sic, with ap­ple, el­der­flower, soft tar­ragon and fen­nel flavours. Plus there’s a twang of spice and gor­geous, chalky tan­nins. Drool-in­duc­ingly good. Sip with: pork schnitzel and ap­ple salad. For stock­ists email cus­tomers@co­lab wine­mer­chants.com or ph (03) 445 1670 Yvonne Lorkin

YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

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