Feel the rush of joy
So you’re the wrong side of 35 and want to replicate the visceral joy-rush you felt when you first heard Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name Of? Sadly that won’t ever happen again. These wines will get you close though.
Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2013
Perfumed with red rose, black guava, peppercorns and dusty potpourri, this glossy glass of maroon-black magic boasts incredibly fresh fruit, smoky cedar notes and a medicinal lift on the finish. Each sip has a flick of dried bouquet garni herbs and it's elegant, velvety and dangerously delicious. I'll cut straight to it and say this could go down as one of the greatest syrahs New Zealand has ever produced.
Hunters Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2014
Hunters are experts at producing snappy, succulently spicy gewurztraminer year after year. The 2014 has delicate pear drop, ginger and lychee-laden loveliness on the nose, followed by a tangy, musky mouthfeel and soft, tongue-tingling texture on the finish. I'm a big fan of the "sweetness meter" on the back label that indicates this wine has a splash of natural sweetness, so I'm gunning it'll be sensational with my next Thai green chicken curry.
CJ Pask Watercourse Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
If you're yet to taste a truly gorgeous example of Kiwi cabernet sauvignon, this is a superb place to start. Crafted by the super-skilled Kate Radburnd and her team, you can expect a mouthful of beautifully ripe berries, Christmas cake spices and a waft of cocoa with every sip. It finishes with layers of liquorice and pepper, and the tannins are firm, dusty and boast just the right amount of "chew".
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