Good times

Con­grat­u­la­tions, you made it to Satur­day de­spite ev­ery­thing that was stacked against you. Sip and cel­e­brate.

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - RESTAURANT + WINE -

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

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