Starborough Family Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
A five-star wine at a three-star price, this is benchmark stuff, hard to resist in its youth. The Best Buy White Wine of the Year is a lovely marriage of the ripe tropical-fruit flavours of Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Wairau Valley, and the more herbaceous, minerally notes achieved in the slightly cooler Awatere Valley. Deliciously aromatic, intense and tangy, with a dry, lasting finish, it’s a ‘steal’ at this price.
Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013
Powerful, lush and overflowing with ripe plum, spice, coffee and dark chocolate flavours, this bargain-priced red is an exciting and memorable mouthful. A five-star wine at a four-star price, it has scooped several top accolades and trophies, ahead of prestigious labels sold at far higher prices. Dark and fragrant, with lovely softness and richness, it’s the Best Buy Red Wine of the Year.