Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Benchmark stuff, this aromatic, weighty wine has penetrating, vibrant, tropical fruit flavours to the fore, a hint of barrel-ferment complexity, and a crisp, dry, lasting finish. From winemaker Brian Bicknell, formerly chief winemaker at Seresin Estate, it was grown at seven sites, mostly at the western end of the Wairau Valley, and is drinking well right now. Fine value.
Vergence White by Pegasus Bay 2016
This highly distinctive wine was based on 33-year-old, estate-grown Semillon vines, hand-harvested ripe at Waipara, in North Canterbury. Blended with some Chardonnay, Muscat and Gewurztraminer, to add “aromatics and balance”, it was fermented and matured for over two years in old oak barrels. Pale straw, with an invitingly fragrant, complex bouquet, it is sturdy and fleshy, with concentrated stonefruit flavours, hints of herbs and spices, fresh acidity and a dry, lasting finish. Hard to resist, given its impressive quality and value, it’s delicious now, but likely to reward further cellaring.