BEST BUY
Sacred Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
NZ$20.00
After a notably warm, early-ripening season, last year winegrowers in Hawke’s Bay reported their second top harvest in a row. The region’s 2014 reds are now arriving on the shelves, bursting with flavour and drink-young appeal. This ‘gold label’ red is an excellent buy. French oak-matured, it is deeply coloured, fleshy, ripe and supple, in a skilfully crafted style with gentle tannins and strong plum and spice flavours. It’s worth cellaring, but already delicious.
TREAT YOURSELF
Ngatarawa Proprietors’ Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2013
NZ$40.00
This is my favourite of the outstanding new Proprietors’ Reserve selection from Ngatarawa. Grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle and the Gimblett Gravels, it’s a memorable wine, in the classic Bordeaux style. Dark, with a fragrant, spicy, complex bouquet, it is rich and sweet-fruited, with highly concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, a hint of dark chocolate, fine-grained tannins and obvious cellaring potential. It should flourish for a decade. (Released mid May.)
NEWS AND EVENTS

Craggy Range Prestige 2013 Launch (Auckland)

Join Matt Stafford, Chief Winemaker at Craggy Range, for a very special tasting to celebrate the release of Craggy Range’s 2013 Le Sol, Sophia and Aroha. 18 June 2015

2015 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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Riddiford’s recipe

The man who runs Palliser Estate on success and foreign investment. Issue 3912 30th Apr 2015