BEST BUY OF THE YEAR – WHITE
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014
NZ$19.95

‘A great buy’, I jotted down, when I first tasted this beauty. Full-bodied, fleshy and rich, it has strong, ripe peach, apricot and spice flavours, moderate acidity, a gentle seasoning of toasty oak and a long, seductively smooth, dry finish. At under $20, it’s not to be missed.

BEST BUY OF THE YEAR – RED
Brancott Estate Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013
NZ$17

Looking for a delicious, flavour-packed red that slips down easily and is highly affordable? Look no further. Densely coloured, this is a powerful red with blackcurrant/plum flavours, showing excellent freshness and depth. Showcasing its bold, ripe fruit flavours, it has a gentle seasoning of oak and a long, velvet-smooth finish.

NEWS AND EVENTS

Waiheke Wine Festival

There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in making wine, wine tasting, food and wine matching events and music concerts. 12-16 March 2015 - Waiheke Wine Festival (Auckland)

2015 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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Breeding content

Who knows – maybe a different variety could be the spice of life? Issue 3889 13th Nov 2014