Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
Bright pink, this is a delicious, skilfully balanced wine, developing well. Tasted recently, it is still very fresh and lively, in a medium-bodied style with vibrant strawberry and watermelon flavours, hints of peach and apricot, and a dry, finely poised finish. A good buy.
Paritua Red Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernets 2015
Full of personality, this powerful blend of Merlot (74 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (19 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (7 per cent) was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (40 per cent new). Deeply coloured, with a fragrant, complex, nutty bouquet, it’s a well-structured red, with concentrated, berryish, spicy flavours, showing excellent complexity, and good tannin backbone. Still youthful, it should mature well for a decade.