Highly Rec­om­mended

(con­tin­ued) 90–94pts

Decanter - - PANEL TASTING -

Dog Point, Sec­tion 94, Marl­bor­ough 2014 92 MB 90 BC 94 CD 91 £23.99-£24.50 Widely avail­able via UK im­porter Fields, Mor­ris & Verdin This in­tense, pow­er­ful wine shows ripe mango and trop­i­cal fruit aro­mat­ics, backed by saline min­er­al­ity. Oak adds a play­ful char­ac­ter and a har­mo­nious fin­ish. Drink 2017-2023 Alc 14%

Wild Rock, Marl­bor­ough 2016 92 MB 94 BC 92 CD 90 £15.50 In­ver­ar­ity Mor­ton, The New Zealand Cel­lar This wine has lovely fruit char­ac­ter, with goose­berry on the nose, cut grass and lemon­grass notes and a hint of nutty lees char­ac­ter. It is ap­peal­ing and re­fresh­ing, re­fined and el­e­gant. Drink 2017-2021 Alc 13%

Yealands, Re­serve, Awa­tere Val­ley, Marl­bor­ough 2015 92 MB 90 BC 93 CD 92 £15.55-£17 Dul­wich Vint­ners, Exel, Harper Wells, Great Western Wine, Noel Young, The Tast­ing House Re­fined aro­mas of cit­rus and wild flow­ers, as­para­gus and goose­berry, show­ing real Awa­tere Val­ley typ­ic­ity. It is con­cen­trated, zesty and fresh. Drink 2017-2022 Alc 13%

Lit­tle Beauty, Black Edi­tion, Marl­bor­ough 2015 91 MB 94 BC 90 CD 90 £26-£28 Davy’s, Di­rect Wine Ship­ments, Dunell's, L'Art du Vin, Weavers of Not­ting­ham So­phis­ti­cated, el­e­gant bou­quet with some toasty bot­tle de­vel­op­ment. Won­der­ful acid­ity fol­lows through to the fin­ish, ad­ding tex­ture and bal­ance. Drink 2017-2022 Alc 13.5%

Marisco, The King’s Favour, Marl­bor­ough 2016 92 MB 94 BC 90 CD 91 £13.99-£14.99 (2015) Ma­jes­tic, Ocado A bone-dry wine with ripe trop­i­cal fruit flavours. Quite pun­gent, show­ing clas­sic-style cit­rus, red ap­ple and pas­sion fruit, even a sub­tle lemon­grass un­der­tone. It’s a well-made, bal­anced wine. Drink 2017-2022 Alc 13%

Kon­rad, Hole in the Wa­ter, Marl­bor­ough 2016 91 MB 94 BC 90 CD 89 £13.49 Fred­eric Robinson Brewery, Gerry’s Fresh, lively and va­ri­etal bou­quet with aro­mas and flavours of sweet cit­rus and crisp ap­ple, sup­ported by trop­i­cal pas­sion fruit nu­ance and a herbal spec­trum of tomato leaf and cap­sicum. Drink 2017-2020 Alc 12.5%

Seifried, Aotea, Nel­son 2016 91 MB 90 BC 90 CD 93 £16.50 Dis­cov­ery Wines, Fen­wick, Har­rods, Lewis & Cooper, Neill Wine, The New Zealand Cel­lar A fa­mil­iar and en­gag­ing bou­quet of fresh fruits with ap­ple, grape­fruit and trop­i­cal notes, some herb and bell-pep­per, spring blos­som and a touch of ele­gance. There’s plenty of acid­ity, giv­ing a crisp fin­ish. Drink 2017-2021 Alc 13%

Rod Easthope, Mart­in­bor­ough, Wairarapa 2016 92 MB 92 BC 94 CD 90 £14.99 Naked Wines This is a per­fectly poised Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, show­ing pure lime zest, min­eral and nutty yeast char­ac­ter, with beau­ti­fully soft veg­e­tal un­der­tones and a long, lees-in­flu­enced fin­ish. Drink 2017-2021 Alc 13%

Wither Hills, Clock­tower, Marl­bor­ough 2016 92 MB 90 BC 95 CD 92 £14 Marks & Spencer Youth­ful and lively, pure aro­mas and flavours of lemon and other cit­rus, fridge-cold red ap­ple, a hint of bar­ley-sugar and light lees age­ing. Lean fin­ish. Drink 2017-2021 Alc 13%

Lime Rock, Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay 2016 91 MB 92 BC 89 CD 91 £18 OW Loeb & Co This is an oak-in­flu­enced Sau­vi­gnon Blanc that shows tangy acid­ity, pear and white peach fruit flavours, con­trast­ing with its fresh white herbal fin­ish. A bal­anced and well-made wine. Drink 2017-2023 Alc 13%

Te Awa, Left­field, Nel­son 2016 91 MB 90 BC 91 CD 91 £14.05 Cheers, De­fine Food and Wine, Islington Wine, The New Zealand House of Wine, Wine Rack A wine that’s bright, fresh and fruity with loads of peach and pineapple, trop­i­cal fruit notes. There’s a good amount of acid­ity and a wet-stone note too, mak­ing it re­fresh­ing and en­gag­ing. Drink 2017-2021 Alc 13% ➢

‘Wines from a sin­gle sub-re­gion can achieve a nar­rower band of f lavours and a stronger state­ment of style’ Bob Camp­bell MW

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