Mount Riley Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
For sheer drinkability, this is hard to beat. Grown in the Wairau Valley and 70 per cent barrel-fermented, it’s a full-bodied, vibrantly fruity wine with fresh, citrusy flavours and creamy, biscuity notes adding complexity. A ‘steal’ at $15.
Georgetown Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
This is a lovely, single-vineyard red, low-cropped and barrel-aged. Still youthful in colour, it is very graceful and sweet-fruited, with mouthfilling body, concentrated, plummy, gently spicy flavours and a finely poised, persistent finish. Delicious now.