BEST BUY
Brancott Estate Terroir Series Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
NZ$19.95
Looking for a sub-$20 chardonnay with great drinkability and a touch of class? Grown in the Southern Valleys – south of the Wairau Valley – and fermented and matured in French oak cuves (large vats, rather than barrels), it is full-bodied, sweet-fruited and dry, with citrusy, peachy, biscuity flavours, balanced acidity, a slightly creamy texture, and excellent depth and harmony. Delicious drinking now onwards.
TREAT YOURSELF
Valli Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
NZ$65
This very classy, elegant red was grown in the cool, elevated Gibbston sub-region and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Highly fragrant, it is beautifully ripe but not heavy, with concentrated, vibrant plum, spice and dried herb flavours, earthy, savoury notes adding complexity, and a real sense of ‘soul’. Still very youthful, it should be at its best 2017+.
NEWS AND EVENTS

Waipara Wine & Food Festival

The valley’s best wineries and local food producers come together at the Glenmark Domain, Waipara. 22 March 2015

2015 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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Vintage tales

The latest wine books include several from New Zealand, plus one on a premium cool-climate producer to our west. Issue 3901 12th Feb 2014