BEST BUY

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

NZ$18

This intensely flavoured wine was blended from Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley grapes, and fermented and lees-aged in stainless steel tanks. Ripely scented and weighty, it has concentrated, vibrant, passionfruit/lime flavours and a crisp, dry (3.5 grams/litre residual sugar) finish. As usual, a great buy.

TREAT YOURSELF

Surveyor Thomson Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

NZ$55

Certified organic, this estate-grown Lowburn red is ruby hued, with an enticingly fragrant, savoury bouquet. Mouthfilling, it’s an impressively complex wine, with strong, youthful, cherry and spice flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, ripe, supple tannins and a long, very harmonious finish. It’s already drinking well.

NEWS AND EVENTS

New Zealand Wine Awards Dinner (Marlborough)

Celebrate the year that was and honour the talented people that make up our diverse and dynamic wine industry. 16 November 2019

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

Sail from spring into summer with a snifter of our most famous grape: sauvignon blanc. 9 November 2018