Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
This great-value wine was grown near the coast, hand-harvested, fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels (28 per cent new), and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Light lemon/green, it has a complex bouquet, leading into a mouthfilling, savoury palate with generous, ripe, peachy, slightly mealy and buttery flavours, showing good complexity, balanced acidity, and a well-rounded, persistent finish. It’s already delicious.
Ma Maison by Leung Estate Pinot Noir 2015
Estate-grown in Martinborough, barrel-matured, and bottled without fining or filtering, this is a very elegant red, already drinking well. Full ruby, it is very highly fragrant, mouthfilling and supple, with concentrated, ripe plum/spice flavours, finely balanced acidity and a lasting finish. Drink now or cellar.