BEST BUY
Vidal Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014
NZ$19.95
This middle-tier label offers great value. Grown at sites in the Ohiti Valley, at Maraekakaho (the famous Keltern Vineyard), and in the Gimblett Gravels, it was fermented in French oak (15 per cent new), with some use of indigenous yeasts and malolactic fermentation. Pale yellow, with a complex, slightly smoky bouquet, it is mouthfilling, with fresh, ripe, peachy, slightly buttery flavours, showing excellent depth, good acid spine and strong personality. A wonderful buy.
TREAT YOURSELF
Burn Cottage Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
NZ$60.00
This highly seductive red was estate-grown in the Cromwell Basin by the Nevada-based Sauvage family and crafted by winemaker Claire Mulholland (formerly of Martinborough Vineyard.) Matured in French oak barriques (22 per cent new), it is deeply coloured, with lovely ripeness and density. Still very youthful, it is rich and supple, with concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours, integrated oak, and a finely textured, long finish. Best drinking 2018+.
NEWS AND EVENTS

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2016

The Central Otago Pinot Celebration has established itself as one of the world's premier wine events... 28-30 January 2016

June (2015) Tasting Notes – Now Available

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