Congratulations, you made it to Saturday despite everything that was stacked against you. Sip and celebrate.
JACKSON ESTATE STICH MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 $20
The “Stich” sauvignon is named as a nod to John Stichbury, a major contributor to Jackson Estate and whose family, alongside the Jacksons, have farmed the Wairau Plains for more than 160 years. It’s ripe and rumpty and bursting with white peach, lemongrass, bruised basil and lemongrassy loveliness. Taut and textural and so good it’s almost sexual. Sip with: mussels with white wine and gremolata. blackmarket.co.nz
JOHNER ESTATE WAIRARAPA PINOT GRIS 2017 $24
If this past fortnight of national and international politics has you curled up in a ball of bewilderment and dread, then I suggest you get online or on your chosen mode of motorised or manual transport and hurry to the first place that sells this gris. If the eruption of quince, nashi and strudel spices doesn’t give you a grin, the fresh, cleansing, peachy palate will sort that out in seconds. Sip with: eggplant, tomato and chickpea tagine with harissa. johner-estate.com
McGEORGE BROS LADY RANFURLY CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT NOIR 2016 $39
Winemaker Simon McGeorge had a glittering history with Waipara Hills before launching into solo projects. McGeorge Bros is a nod to his greatgrandfather and uncles who set up a gold-dredging business in Central Otago in the 1890s and the “Lady Ranfurly” was their world-record gold-hauling dredge. Chock-solid with earthy spices, ripe cherry and tamarillo tones and showing silky, seductive, flavour saturation on the finish, it’s a treasure for sure. Sip with: leftover roast lamb sandwiches. mcgeorgewine.co.nz Yvonne Lorkin