Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
This huge-volume label offers consistently impressive quality and value. Grown in the Wairau and Awatere valleys, the new season’s wine is very fresh, vibrant and tangy, with slightly lower acidity than in most vintages, which probably adds to its drink-young appeal. It has penetrating melon, lime and green capsicum flavours, in a punchy, dry style, finely balanced for early enjoyment.
Elephant Hill Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
This estate-grown red was hand-picked in 15 separate ‘passes’ in the Gimblett Gravels (85 per cent) and at Te Awanga (15 per cent), and matured for 15 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new.) Still youthful, it has dense, purple-flushed colour. Powerful, fresh and supple, it is mouthfilling, with highly concentrated, ripe blackcurrant, plum and black pepper flavours, fine-grained tannins and lovely harmony.

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Hawke’s Bay’s 2013 harvest produced some excellent examples. Issue 3925 30 July 2015