Babich Family Estates Headwaters Organic Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
This classy Chardonnay is more affordable than many. Estate-grown near Renwick, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts in tanks and barrels, with some use of new French oak, and given a softening malolactic fermentation. Mouthfilling, with a highly attractive bouquet, it has strong, ripe, grapefruit and peach flavours, showing good complexity, fresh acidity and a long, tightly structured finish. Certified organic.
Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
This instantly appealing red was estate-grown at Bannockburn, matured for a year in French oak barrels (23 per cent new), and bottled without fining or filtering. Notably refined and harmonious, it is fragrant, mouthfilling and savoury, with sweet-fruit delights, concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing real complexity, and a finely textured, lasting finish. A match for many, far higher-priced Central Otago reds, it should be long-lived.