Best Buy

Delta Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2017

NZ$19

Offering excellent value, this youthful, single-vineyard red was French and American oak-aged. Deeply coloured, it is fragrant and full-bodied, with concentrated, plummy, spicy flavours and a moderately firm finish. Best drinking 2020. (The Delta brand was recently acquired by Saint Clair Estate.)

Treat Yourself

Te Motu 2013

NZ$140

Grown at Onetangi, on Waiheke Island, this very elegant, Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend was matured for 20 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Deeply coloured and highly fragrant, with concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, it is complex, savoury and already delicious.

NEWS AND EVENTS

Wellington Wine & Food Festival (Wellington)

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2018 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

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