Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2017 $32

If you’ve been searching for a viognier that’s not a headrush of sweetness and oiliness and OTT everything, then here’s your wish granted. Grown in the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa sub-region of Hawke’s Bay, this viognier has subtle orange blossom aromatics, a soupçon of spice and a soft, lightly-styled palate that’s creamy, peach-laced and definitely not a punch in the face like many other viogniers can be. Superb with yellow curry fish. (3.5 stars)