Brancott Estate Terroir Series Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
Looking for a sub-$20 chardonnay with great drinkability and a touch of class? Grown in the Southern Valleys – south of the Wairau Valley – and fermented and matured in French oak cuves (large vats, rather than barrels), it is full-bodied, sweet-fruited and dry, with citrusy, peachy, biscuity flavours, balanced acidity, a slightly creamy texture, and excellent depth and harmony. Delicious drinking now onwards.
Valli Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
This very classy, elegant red was grown in the cool, elevated Gibbston sub-region and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Highly fragrant, it is beautifully ripe but not heavy, with concentrated, vibrant plum, spice and dried herb flavours, earthy, savoury notes adding complexity, and a real sense of ‘soul’. Still very youthful, it should be at its best 2017+.

Waipara Wine & Food Festival

The valley’s best wineries and local food producers come together at the Glenmark Domain, Waipara. 22 March 2015

2015 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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Vintage tales

The latest wine books include several from New Zealand, plus one on a premium cool-climate producer to our west. Issue 3901 12th Feb 2014