Best White Wine Buy of the Year

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

NZ$18

From one year to the next, this label is one of New Zealand’s greatest wine bargains. Grown in the Wairau and Awatere valleys, the new vintage is ripely scented, weighty and sweet-fruited, with deep, vibrant passionfruit/lime flavours and a crisp, dry, long finish. As usual, it’s a great buy, especially on special at around NZ$15, and for downright drinkability, it’s hard to beat.

Best Red Wine Buy of the Year

Alexander Dusty Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

NZ$27

On a quality level that matches many Pinot Noirs in the NZ$40-NZ$45 category, this estate-grown red was hand-picked and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (20 per cent new). Bright ruby, it has a fragrant, savoury bouquet. Designed for early drinking, but also age-worthy, it is mouthfilling, with concentrated, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, showing good complexity. At NZ$27, it’s a steal.

NEWS AND EVENTS

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration

A premier event on the international wine calendar... 30 January–1 February 2020

2020 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

Go to Advanced Wine Search to search the latest wine reviews from New Zealand Wines 2020: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide.

The Listener’s 50 Best Champagnes and Bubblies of 2019

Put the fizz into the festive season with our sparkling selection steeped in the traditional method. 20 December 2019