My top three

Me­lanie Brown

Decanter - - PANEL TASTING -

■ Kono, Tohu Sin­gle Vine­yard, Awa­tere Val­ley, Marl­bor­ough 2016 Soft fruits and vi­brant struc­ture: per­fect syn­ergy of lifted aro­mat­ics, a fresh and en­tic­ing palate, just a hint of sweet­ness. A sig­na­ture Sau­vi­gnon per­son­al­ity makes for an ex­cep­tion­ally good-value drop. Not to be missed. 96 Drink 2017-2023

■ Wild Rock, Marl­bor­ough 2016 A won­der­fully en­er­getic ex­pres­sion. Seam­less bal­ance of savoury and trop­i­cal fruit char­ac­ters, and just the right amount of grassy nu­ance. Beau­ti­ful – left me gag­ging for more! 94 Drink 2017-2021

■ Dog Point, Sec­tion 94, Marl­bor­ough 2014 In­tensely pow­er­ful with a won­der­fully pure Sau­vi­gnon sig­na­ture, har­mo­nious oak bal­ance with a tex­tu­ral con­cen­tra­tion that’s ef­fort­lessly pleas­ing. A sexy Sau­vi­gnon with class and poise – per­haps the Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe of NZ Sau­vi­gnon! 90 Drink 2017-2023

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