The nose knows

To re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the true aro­mas of a wine you’ve got to swirl that gob­let gen­er­ously and get those nos­trils of yours deep down into the glass. There you go.

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - WINE - Yvonne Lorkin

MUD HOUSE GROVETOWN MARL­BOR­OUGH PINOT GRIS 2018 $20

Grovetown is a few min­utes’ drive north-east of Blen­heim and the soils have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a lit­tle finer and more fer­tile than the main Wairau Val­ley. Pinot gris grown here tends to erupt with nashi juice, fresh pear and all man­ner of flo­ral fab­u­lous­ness — so it’s no sur­prise the good folk at Mud House opted to bot­tle this wine sep­a­rately to show off its as­sets and not blend away its bril­liance.

Sip with: pan­fried hal­loumi sprin­kled with sumac. glen­gar­ry­wines.co.nz

SPENCER HILL RE­SERVE NEL­SON FUMÉ SAU­VI­GNON BLANC 2015 $25

Nel­son’s Moutere re­gion boasts heavy clay soils that are the drug of choice for a sau­vi­gnon blanc that likes to walk on the wild side. Jules Ran­dell is the wine­maker who spot­ted the ta­lent and ver­sa­til­ity in the fruit and opted to throw a por­tion into oak bar­rels to in­ject some toasty in­ten­sity be­fore ma­tur­ing the wine on its yeast lees to in­tro­duce lay­ers of creamy com­plex­ity. The re­sult? A stun­ning wine that oozes smoked pas­sion­fruit and lemon­grassy lus­cious­ness. Tasty AF.

Sip with: smoked chicken nib­bles. spencer­hill­wine.com

ASH RIDGE PREMIUM HAWKE’S BAY VIOG­NIER 2016 $31

Tucked away down a drive­way off SH50, a few min­utes west of Hast­ings in the Bridge Pa Tri­an­gle wine­grow­ing district, is Ash Ridge Wines and their rowdy lit­tle rows of viog­nier (pro­nounced vee-yon-yay). Wine­maker Lau­ren Swift has put her own stamp on a style that’s lifted and light, lay­ered with apri­cot and peachy notes while still show­ing su­per-zesty acid­ity and taut­ness. It’s brisk and spicy yet shows a sexy, creamy un­der­tone. Love it.

Sip with: croque monsieur. ashridge.co.nz YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

Nel­son’s Moutere re­gion boasts heavy clay soils that are the drug of choice for a sau­vi­gnon blanc that likes to walk on the wild side.

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