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Sum­mer­house Marl­bor­ough Verdelho 2015 -5 $22.90 ★★★★★

THIS IS A PURE, joy­ous ex­am­ple of a Por­tuguese grape that has shown a lik­ing for New Zealand con­di­tions. Spring or­chard and fei­joa scents lead the way. In the mouth it is at­trac­tively tex­tured with ex­cel­lent fruit def­i­ni­tion and fresh acid­ity. “A gen­er­ous, well­rounded style with ter­rific poise,” noted John Belsham.

A WINE­MAKER’S VA­RI­ETY

“As far we know, ours is the only verdelho planted in Marl­bor­ough,” de­clares Sum­mer­house wine­maker Michael Bann. “As an Aus­tralian I’ve had some ex­pe­ri­ence with the va­ri­ety – it’s the Aussie sau­vi­gnon blanc.” Bann de­scribes verdelho as a “wine­maker’s va­ri­ety”. “It’s like chardon­nay in that re­gard, and that’s how we treat it. The 2015 was bar­rel fer­mented in old oak.” Askerne Viog­nier 2016 (Hawke’s Bay)

★★★★ -2 $22 This win­ery has es­tab­lished an ex­cel­lent track record for its viog­nier. This new re­lease is a tex­tu­ral treat – gen­tly, gen­er­ously vis­cous – while clas­sic or­ange blos­som and apri­cot flavours gov­ern the flavour pro­file. A clas­sic, har­mo­nious ex­pres­sion of the great white grape of the north­ern Rhône.

Saint Clair Hawke’s Bay Pre­mium Viog­nier 2015

★★★★ -3 $21.50

Saint Clair’s foray into Hawke’s Bay has been pay­ing off, as this splen­did viog­nier at­tests. Stone­fruit, laven­der and gin­ger notes – with a hint of min­er­al­ity – are set against a gen­tly ca­ress­ing tex­ture. The length is ex­em­plary. En­joy it with ham on the bone. Coop­ers Creek SV Bell-Ringer Gis­borne Al­barino 2016

★★★★ $23

Mt Dif­fi­culty Sin­gle Vine­yard Long Gully Chenin Blanc 2016 (Cen­tral Otago) ★★★★ $30

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