Best Buy

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017

NZ$23

If you like the classic Alsace style of Pinot Gris – sturdy, rich and well-rounded – try this. Hand-harvested and made in a full-bodied, off-dry style, it is invitingly perfumed, deliciously concentrated and smooth, with gentle acidity, a hint of ginger, and strong, ripe stonefruit, pear and spice flavours. It’s already drinking well.

Treat Yourself

Smith & Sheth Cru Mangatahi Chardonnay 2015

NZ$60

Full of personality, this classy, very ‘complete’ wine was hand-picked in the elevated, inland district of Mangatahi, in Hawke’s Bay, and fermented in French oak barriques (35 per cent new). Delicious now, it has a fragrant, highly complex bouquet, leading into a weighty, generous wine with layers of grapefruit, peach and biscuity oak flavours.

NEWS AND EVENTS

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival (Marlborough)

Festival goers will get the opportunity to sample a unique selection of world-class wines and delicious local cuisine... 9 February 2019

2018 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

Go to Advanced Wine Search to search the latest wine reviews from New Zealand Wines 2018, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide.

Homegrown rosé: The best of New Zealand’s pink wine

More people are reaching for a home-grown tinted tipple of rosé. 18 January, 2018