I think this is the first time I've ever tasted dolcetto made into a rosé and it's fast becoming a new favourite thing. Perhaps it's the demure 11.5 per cent alcohol, or the racy, fresh strawberry and cranberry characters, or maybe it's the zap of acidity that pings across the palate. Either way, it's a delicious drop of Matakana magic that just calls out for something savoury.
Pair with: roast beetroot risotto.
Canella Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Millesimato 2014, $30
It might say "extra dry" on the label, but make no mistake, this plucky prosecco is packed with apple, pear and soft lemony loveliness, a seam of piercingly vibrant acidity and generosity in the mid-palate. Serve super-chilled to enjoy the flintiness on the finish. Prosecco is made from a grape known as "glera" and the Canella family have been at the forefront of this fine fizz since 1947.
Pair with: strong washed-rind cheeses.
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Morambro Creek Padthaway Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $34
From Padthaway, on the southern tip of South Australia, near the Limestone Coast, this is gloriously glossy, ruby-black in colour. As soon as it hits the glass, a waft of fresh spearmint, eucalypt and smoked berries clouds the nostrils in the nicest possible way. Four years in the bottle has given this wine density, dark fruit saturation and a rich, sensual texture on the finish.
Pair with: slow-cooked, sticky, spicy ribs.
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