BEST BUY
Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
NZ$12–17

This huge-volume label offers consistently good quality and value. Grown in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys, the new season’s wine is highly aromatic, with a ripely herbaceous bouquet, showing good freshness and intensity. Mouthfilling, it is instantly attractive, with an array of lemon, lime, passionfruit and green capsicum flavours, balanced acidity, and a lengthy, dry finish.

TREAT YOURSELF
Lawson’s Dry Hills The Pioneer Marlborough Gewürztraminer

2014

NZ$35

Instantly seductive, this is a fleshy, weighty (14.5% alc/vol), Alsace-style wine, estate-grown in the Home Block and French oak-aged. Bright, light yellow/green, it is sturdy and creamy-textured, with abundant sweetness (26 grams/litre residual sugar) and soft, rich, peachy, spicy flavours, showing lovely ripeness, depth, complexity and harmony.

NEWS AND EVENTS

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival (Waipara Valley)

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival 17 March 2017

2016 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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20 hot wines for winter drinking

Cooler weather is here and with it different tipples. Issue 3965 24 May 2016