Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
This is a consistently good buy. Grown in the Wairau and Waihopai valleys, this fresh, punchy wine was mostly handled in tanks; 3 per cent of the blend was barrel-fermented. Ripely herbaceous, it is very lively and aromatic, with good intensity of passionfruit/lime flavours, appetisingly crisp and dry. Bargain-priced.
Te Mata Awatea Cabernets/Merlot 2015
Positioned below its famous, far higher-priced Coleraine stablemate in Te Mata’s hierarchy of Hawke’s Bay, claret-style reds, this is still a classy wine. Matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (partly new), it is already drinking well, with a fragrant bouquet, mouthfilling body and rich, ripe blackcurrant, plum, herb and spice flavours, showing impressive complexity and harmony.