Mud House Waipara Valley Riesling 2016
Offering terrific value, this estate-grown Riesling from Waipara, in North Canterbury, is a distinctly medium style (28 grams/litre of residual sugar), with loads of drink-young charm. Bright, light lemon/green, it is attractively scented, with strong, vibrant, citrusy flavours, hints of passionfruit and ginger, mouth-watering acidity and a persistent finish. Drink now or cellar.
Frenchmans Hill Estate Waiheke Island Rock Earth Syrah 2013
This beautiful red was estate-grown in The 8 Vineyard and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (60 per cent new). Set to flourish for a decade, it is finely scented and deeply coloured, with substantial body, dense, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, a hint of liquorice, very fine-grained tannins, and lovely richness and harmony.