Castaño Yecla Monastrell Rosado 2015 $10.99 (3 stars)

Made at high altitude in Spain’s Yecla D.O district, this has the most gorgeous colour, almost like a negroni cocktail colour and has aromas of quince, yellow fruits, ultra-clean, tangy pomegranate and redcurrant. Complex tannins – beautifully complex, full, delicious, lovely. www.thegoodwine.co.nz

Jacob’s Creek Le Petit Rosé 2017 $14.99 (3.5 stars)

Trina Smith is the rosé winemaker for Jacob’s Creek and she’s a massive fan of the clean, dry, zesty styles of the south of France.  Using a combination of pinot noir, grenache and mataro (mourvedre), this is her take on a Provençale style.  Crisp, racy and dry, with hints of raspberry, melon and cherry – […]

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $14.95 (4 stars)

This is a real crowd-pleaser of a chardonnay that ticks all the boxes for tropical tastiness, toasty, nutty notes and some plucky peachy layers that’ll keep everyone happy.  Softer-styled and supple acidity adds extra complexity to the mouthfeel. www.saintclair.co.nz  

Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $14.99 (4 stars)

Sourced from Tohu’s Awatere Valley vineyard, this bright young thing goes large on the lemon verbena, lime leaf, red capsicum and crunchy citrus characters.  Bursting with sweet, cut-grass and fresh herbs, this is a terrifically textural, perfectly perky sauvignon blanc. www.glengarrywines.co.nz  

Pretty Paddock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $10.99 (3 stars)

Classic punchy passionfruit, crushed herbs, green capsicum and pea pod flavours are all crammed into this bottle alongside gum-numbing acidity and long, prickly-fresh length of flavour. A squeak of white pepper and a lick of lemongrass makes this a good little ‘after work’ quaffer. www.vineonline

Swan’s Flight Marlborough Semillon 2013 $18.50

Crafted by Georges Michel’s winemaker daughter Swan, this is a superb ‘cheese board’ wine for those late afternoon loungearounds.  Toasted, smoky notes indicate a touch of barrel fermentation across freshly-baled hay, dried herbs and soft, lemony, limey flavours. Sip with a chunk of sheeps milk pecorino or tangy goats cheese www.georgesmichel.com

Haha Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $13.99 (3.5 stars)

Highly scented and precise on the nose, fresh-cut pear, poached quince and powdery, talc-like characters leap from the glass.  It’s also a very full, generous gris, soaking the palate with pipfruit, honeysuckle and spice.  Don’t chill this down too much or you’ll stifle all those fruit layers.  Sip with bacon-wrapped dates as a nibbly treat. […]

Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Snapper Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $15 ★★★★ A perfectly friendly, fruity, passionfruit-packed sauvignon boasting layers of lemon, lime, white stonefruit and all manner of tangy, tropical tastiness. Classic Marlborough sauvignon here, and a great little wine that often comes down a few more dollars on special. www.winebox.co.nz

Nikau Point Select Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Nikau Point Select Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $13.99 ★★½ The Nikau Point brand has recently been given a spruce up, meaning it looks a tad more stylish on the table, which is always a good thing with a sub-$15 bottle.  This is a lightweight red that has layers of dried herb, berry and spice […]

Mansfield & Marsh Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling Wine NV

Mansfield & Marsh Methode Traditionnelle Sparkling Wine NV $14.95 ★★★★ This is my new favourite bargain bubbly.  It’s lifted and lemony on the nose, awash with creamy, nutty notes and has some delicious bready, biscuity complexity on the finish.  There’s even a smidge of apple and oatcake happening too.  Superb value here, and if the label […]

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