BEST BUY
Fromm La Strada Marlborough Rosé 2014
NZ$19.00
Bargain-priced, this is a blend of Pinot Noir (42 per cent), Malbec (38 per cent) and Syrah (20 per cent). Revealing an inviting, bright pink colour, it is mouthfilling, with excellent depth of fresh strawberry and spice flavours, a hint of apricot, and a bone-dry, finely balanced finish. A ‘serious’ but delicious wine, it’s unusually full-flavoured for a rosé.
TREAT YOURSELF
Dry River Estate Martinborough Viognier 2014
NZ$47
The 2010 vintage was totally seductive – and so is this. An outstanding wine, it is notably weighty (14.5 per cent alcohol), rich and rounded. Instantly appealing, it is very harmonious, with a slightly oily texture, a sliver of sweetness (8 grams/litre residual sugar), and vibrant, deep stonefruit and spice flavours. Drink now or cellar.
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Vintage tales

The latest wine books include several from New Zealand, plus one on a premium cool-climate producer to our west. Issue 3901 12th Feb 2014