Canvas column week commencing 24th June, 2017

Gruner.  Pinot.  Malbec.  So different, so darn tasty, so definitely your weekend…

 

Jules Taylor Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2016 $21.90

With its seductive aromas of ambrosia apple, winter cole pear, caramelized quince, custard apple and peaches, this gorgeous little groo-vee is tangy, crisp and packs a squeak of sunshine into these chilly afternoons.  Edged with a dusting of white pepper and crushed seashells, it’s an excellent local example of an Austrian native.

Sip with: sweetbreads sprinkled with lemon, capers and parsley

www.glengarrywines.co.nz

Tarras The Canyon Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $59

Just ten years on from launching his Tarras label, Hayden Johnston knows the trophy cabinet is already in need of reinforcement, groaning under the weight of increasingly hefty hauls of trophies and medals for his left-of-centre style of pinot noir.  The canyon has a distinctly meaty personality, black tea and toast notes, alongside comforting cherries and cream characters. Gorgeous.

Sip with: Pulled Lamb Tacos

www.tarrasvineyards.com

Ka Tahi Rangatira Gimblett Gravels Three Barrel Reserve Malbec 2015 $30

Glossy, inky dark and saturated with buckets of berries, vanilla, soft smoky notes and juicy, fleshy, savoury layers make this wine a contender for ribsticking rock star of the week for me.  Gentle, textural tannins and attractive tension between the acidity and alcohol (only 13.1% btw) make this Hawke’s Bay version of the Argentinean classic a must-try.

Sip with: Sticky Harissa Roast Beef

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