Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017
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.
Smith & Sheth Cru Mangatahi Chardonnay 2015
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.