BEST WHITE WINE BUY OF 2017
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

NZ$20

(NZ$15 on ‘special’)

This classy wine has pretty much everything you could hope for in a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.  A five-star wine at a three-star price, it is full-bodied, with vibrant, tropical fruit flavours, deliciously deep, dry and zingy.  A compelling wine in its youth, with notable body, freshness and concentration, it’s a bargain-priced partner for poultry, salads and seafood.

BEST RED WINE BUY OF 2017
Church Road Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

NZ$20

(NZ$17 on ‘special’)

This sturdy, richly flavoured, sharply priced red is not to be missed.  ‘Serious’ but highly approachable, it is mouthfilling, with an array of blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours, hints of black pepper and licorice, and excellent concentration, ripeness and complexity. Barrel-aged for 20 months, it’s worth cellaring, but gentle tannins give it lots of drink-young appeal.

NEWS AND EVENTS

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival (Waipara Valley)

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival 17 March 2017

2017 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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