Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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.
Surveyor Thomson Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
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.