Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016


This is a consistently good buy. Grown in the Wairau and Waihopai valleys, this fresh, punchy wine was mostly handled in tanks; 3 per cent of the blend was barrel-fermented. Ripely herbaceous, it is very lively and aromatic, with good intensity of passionfruit/lime flavours, appetisingly crisp and dry. Bargain-priced.

Te Mata Awatea Cabernets/Merlot 2015


Positioned below its famous, far higher-priced Coleraine stablemate in Te Mata’s hierarchy of Hawke’s Bay, claret-style reds, this is still a classy wine. Matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (partly new), it is already drinking well, with a fragrant bouquet, mouthfilling body and rich, ripe blackcurrant, plum, herb and spice flavours, showing impressive complexity and harmony.


Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival 10 March 2018

2017 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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Lion Beer, Spirits and Wine is snapping up our favourite wine labels

From bubbly to rosé and red, Lion is snapping them up. 07 June 2016