BEST BUY
Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Tempranillo 2013
NZ$26.95
From the star grape of Rioja, in Spain, this is a five-star wine at a four-star price. A powerful, dark red, it was estate-grown in the Redstone Vineyard, in the Bridge Pa Triangle, harvested at over 24 brix, barrel-aged, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Still very youthful, it is sturdy (14.5 per cent alcohol), with generous blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, in a very concentrated but accessible style, with gentle acidity and tannins. Deliciously rich, savoury and soft, it should mature well.
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Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2013
NZ$68.00
Fromm’s finest Chardonnay is grown on the southern flanks of the Wairau Valley, where the clay soils, says winemaker Hatsch Kalberer, give ‘a less fruity, more minerally and tighter character.’ It’s a rare wine – only three barrels were produced in 2013. Pale lemon/green, it has a highly fragrant, complex bouquet. Already delicious, it is very refined and harmonious, with concentrated, ripe, grapefruit-like flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, a slightly creamy texture, and lovely delicacy, poise and persistence. Best drinking 2017+.
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