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