BEST WHITE WINE BUY 2019
Thornbury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
When I tasted this wine for the first time in August, I thought: what a steal! ‘A high-impact style,’ I jotted down. ‘Richly aromatic, it is very fresh, punchy and ripely herbaceous, with good intensity of passionfruit/lime flavours, and a crisp, dry finish.’ Then I saw its recommended retail price – $14.50.
Best Red Wine Buy 2019
Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
$16 – $20
A wine of excellent, four-and-a-half-star quality, on sale widely at a very modest, three-star price: that’s how I see the Best Red Wine Buy of the Year, the latest vintage of a long-term favourite from Hawke’s Bay.