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Yvonne’s pick . . .


Fans of the orange wine style will definitely be all over the combinatio­n of the Valli ‘The Real Mccoy’ Pinot Gris Central Otago Orange Wine 2018, $39 and this classic French dessert. Apples have an incredible combinatio­n of textures in their skins, flesh and juice and that’s where the orange wine style is super successful. It’s a technique where white grapes are fermented for an extended time on their skins, something usually reserved for red wines. The skins inject colour into the wine and gives the wine complexity and chewy texture, texture accentuate­d by 12 months in old pinot noir barrels. The wine was then bottled with no fining and no filtration and while many “orange” wines have a funky, murky character, the Valli is crisp, clean, slightly savoury and deliciousl­y dry. Hints of sesame and citrus pith make this a super, tarte tartin-friendly wine. valliwine.com

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