Jules Taylor Marlborough Chardonnay 2015
Offering great value, this instantly appealing wine was grown at two vineyards in the Southern Valleys and barrel-fermented. Fragrant, with a slightly creamy bouquet, showing good complexity, it’s a ‘serious’ wine, but already delicious, with mouthfilling body, strong grapefruit and nut flavours, and a dry, well-rounded finish. Drink now or cellar.
Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
The latest release of this consistently stylish, perfumed, silky-textured red was grown at Parkburn, in the Cromwell Basin (89 per cent) and Gibbston (11 per cent), and matured in French oak casks (18 per cent new). A very elegant, deep ruby wine, it has concentrated, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity, and a finely poised, lingering finish. Best drinking 2018+.