With a striking bottle design featuring a silver crown seal and an exclusive Kate Sylvester print on the label, Millton Vineyard’s Muskats @ Dawn 2011 ($22)  is a “biologically produced” pearler from Gisborne which I hear was the surprise hit of the local wine and food festival this year.  “We couldn’t keep up with demand – it was unreal!” says Monique Millton.  But it’s easy to see why because it’s a deliciously floral, crisply tropical, East Coast kiwi take on the Italian classic Moscato d’Asti.  At only 8.5% alcohol with soft stonefruit flavours, a zesty-fresh mouthfeel and a long, sexy finish, this wine is bound to be a sure-fire hit this summer.  www.millton.co.nz

Millton Vineyard Muskats @ Dawn