I was tasting this wine whilst looking at a recipe for Spinach, Pea & Parmesan Risotto and sauvignon blanc immediately springs to mind the second I see spinach and peas in any recipe. But you don’t want just any old sauvignon, oh no. You need the Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018 because it erupts with lemony, peachy, passionfruity loveliness on the nose and flows with veritable lahars of luscious citrus, fresh basil and green olive down your oesophagus. Refreshing and crunchy-crisp, yet bearing that classic, Hawke’s Bay-boosted ripeness, it’s more than darn drinkable. Crafted by the ridiculously talented Rod McDonald and his team at Te Awanga Estate, it’s a rip-roaring partner with this risotto recipe or (here’s me longing for Spring) freshly steamed, asparagus, basil and feta salad.