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Askerne Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2018

NZ$23

From a classic grape of the Rhone Valley, this fully barrel-fermented wine is fragrant and full-bodied, with generous, ripe stonefruit flavours, a hint of toasty oak adding complexity, and a dryish, well-rounded finish. A finely textured wine with clearcut varietal characteristics, it’s already drinking well and offers great value.

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Babich Winemakers’ Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015

NZ$35

From a low-cropping year with a dry summer, this classy Gimblett Gravels red was grown in the Irongate Vineyard and matured for over a year in French oak casks (25 per cent new). Fragrant, with a ripe, savoury bouquet, it is mouthfilling, with deep, plummy, spicy, nutty flavours, showing excellent structure and complexity. Distinctly Bordeaux-like, it should be at its best 2021+.

NEWS AND EVENTS

Pinot Noir NZ 2021 (Christchurch)

Christchurch hosts Pinot Noir NZ for first time in its 20-year history... 23–25 February 2021

2019 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

Go to Advanced Wine Search to search the latest wine reviews from New Zealand Wines 2019, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide.

Savvy picks: New Zealand’s top sauvignon blanc picks from 2018

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