Vidal Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
This label consistently offers great value. Already delicious, but still unfolding, the 2015 vintage is a blend of Merlot (75 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (18 per cent) and Malbec (7 per cent), matured for 16 months in French oak casks (24 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling, vibrantly fruity and supple, with excellent density of ripe, plummy, spicy flavours and a long, finely poised finish. A refined, savoury, ageworthy red, it should be at its best 2019+.
Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
This classy, instantly attractive red was grown at three sites – including Burn Cottage Vineyard – in the Cromwell Basin, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak casks (25 per cent new). Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling and savoury, with deep, ripe plum/spice flavours, good tannin support, and excellent complexity and harmony. Already ‘open’ and expressive, but well worth cellaring, it should break into full stride 2019+.