Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $14.95

With aromas of marshmallow, nougat, nectarine and a squeak of butterscotch, this is a rather tasty, tropically-inclined chardonnay that’s edged with grapefruit on the finish. Balanced, tangy, toasty and fresh, it’s a good, all-purpose, crowd-pleaser. Sip with: Hot roasted salmon. www.moorewilsons.co.nz

Mud House Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $18.99

Sourced from Marlborough’s Omaka sub-region, this chardonnay has creamy cashew and roast peach characters, layers of citrus and spicy, caramelized oak and buttered crumpet notes. There’s a hint of textural ‘chew’ to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the finish as well. Sip with: gurnard and macadamia nut burned butter. www.blackmarket.co.nz  

Easthope Family Winegrowers Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $39

Sourced from Denis and Sally Gunn’s legendary vineyard, Rod Easthope has crafted a beautifully complex, whole-bunch-pressed (yes it makes a difference) chardonnay, fermented with wild yeasts in French oak, and it’s scented with a twang of smoke. Sip with: crayfish burgers. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $19.99 (5 stars)

Bright, herbaceous and with honkingly good length of flavour, it’ll come as no surprise upon your first sip why this wine walked away with a gold medal at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Classic passionfruit, lemonade and lime curd characters’ jostle with jalapeno, blackcurrant leaf and peapod notes to create a glass of […]

Hunter’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $21 (4.5 stars)

I really love the elderflower, lemon pith and passionfruit aromas and its plethora of deeply punchy and pungent flavours. Hunter’s are an absolute aristocrat when it comes to creating darn delicious sauvignon blanc, because they’ve seen it all and been through everything nature could possibly throw at them, so they know how to ensure that […]

Ara Single Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $15.99 (4 stars)

Steady yourself for some serious citrus intensity here from the very first sip. Freshly-juiced lime, bashed lemongrass and passionfruit compete for attention on the nose, while layers of lemon and green apple wash across the palate. Piercing acidity, a squeak of white pepper and a strong, mineral spine, make this a must-feature in your fridge […]

Hãhã Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 $27.99 (3.5 stars)

If you’re all about juiciness in your wine, then this is the sip for you. Soft tamarillo, cherry and rhubarb flavours combine to create a spicy, fruit-fest in your mouth. Savoury elements add a hint of earthy complexity to the wine, and fine-grained tannins give a hint of chew to the finish. www.hahawine.co.nz  

Tohu Rewa Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2014 $29 (4 stars)

With its pale, lemon-gold colour, sexy, meringue-like mousse and finely-tuned, tiny beads, this wine looks like money in the glass. It stacks up in the taste stakes too. Soft lemon and panetone loaf aromas, biscuity boldness and its fresh, creamy finish make this chardonnaycentric fizz one of my favourites. www.glengarrywines.co.nz

The Family Company Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2017 $25

This wine erupts with lychee, mandarin, ginger and buckets of stonefruit on the nose and palate. It’s juicy, spicy and has a luxurious unctuosity about it. Gisborne is essentially the spiritual home of gewürztraminer in this country and this is testament to that. Stunning stuff indeed. Sip with: Pork, coriander and ginger pot stickers. www.thefamilywines.com […]

Mahi Marlborough Rosé 2017 $22

In Māori, ‘mahi’ means many things. It can mean ‘to ferment’ (verb) or (noun) ‘an abundance of’, it can even mean the ‘mast’ of a ship, but I prefer the multipurpose nounverb ‘work’. As in “You do the ‘mahi’, you get the treats” because that’s exactly what you get with this wine. Treats galore. Delicate […]

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