Sacred Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

This ‘orange label’ red is a consistently good buy. Based principally on Merlot and French oak-matured, it’s still fresh and youthful, but already delicious. Full-coloured and mouthfilling, it is vibrantly fruity, with a strong surge of ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, hints of herbs and dark chocolate, and a rich, smooth finish. Best drinking 2017+.

Akarua Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Estate-grown, hand-picked from 17-year-old vines and matured in French oak barriques, this deep ruby red has an enticingly fragrant bouquet. Generous, vibrantly fruity and supple, it has fresh, concentrated, well-ripened cherry, plum, spice and dried herb flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a finely poised, lasting finish. Lovely now, it will also reward cellaring.


Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival (East Taratahi)

Seventeen of Wairarapa’s finest wineries and nine of its highest profile restaurants and food producers will showcase their wares... 11 March 2017

2016 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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Old gold

Wairarapa wine from the early 20th century is mellow and pleasurable, even after all these years. Issue 3952 1st March 2016