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Black Es­tate, Dam­steep Ries­ling, North Can­ter­bury 2017

92 MB 94 RG 91 RJ 90 POA Indigo Wines, The New Zealand Cel­lar Chamomile, pine, mint and ap­ple aro­mas. Lovely flo­ral jas­mine nu­ances across the fin­ish. This is still de­vel­op­ing, with sub­tle hints at a wine of com­plex­ity and longevity. Drink 2018-2024 Alc 12%

Saint Clair Fam­ily Es­tate, Ori­gin Viog­nier, Hawkes Bay 2017

92 MB 93 RG 91 RJ 92 £13.45-£14.99 Exel, Great Wines Di­rect, Hall­gar­ten, Strictly Wine, The New Zealand House of Wine, Pure and poised, with a ten­sion on the palate that al­lows the crisp acid­ity and won­der­ful Viog­nier char­ac­ter to pre­vail. A gen­tle edge of lin­ger­ing flavours. Drink 2018-2021 Alc 13%

Left Field, Al­bar­iño, Gis­borne 2017 91 MB 92 RG 93 RJ 89

£14.55 Widely avail­able via Hatch Mans­field Suc­cu­lent and ripe with lovely peach and red ap­ple that ca­ress the palate, fol­lowed by lemon cheese­cake and a hon­eyed nu­ance. There’s depth, con­cen­trated fruit and a saline fin­ish. Drink 2018-2020 Alc 14%

Neu­dorf, Moutere Pinot Gris, Nel­son 2016 91 MB 88 RG 91 RJ 93

£17 Fields Mor­ris & Verdin Lovely pear aro­mat­ics, with fruit ripeness on the mid-palate, plus soft hon­eyed fruits and a creamy phe­no­lic el­e­ment on the fin­ish. A beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple. Drink 2018-2021 Alc 14%

Es­carp­ment, Pinot Gris, Mart­in­bor­ough 2015

92 MB 90 RG 92 RJ 95 £13.95 Bi­jou Bot­tles, Cav­iste, Fron­tier Fine Wines, Tan­ners, Ten Op­ti­mum, White­bridge Wines Stun­ning nose with soft vanilla and nut aro­mas. Clean, vi­brant and fo­cused palate, with lay­ers of con­trolled fruit and an el­e­gant cit­rus fin­ish. Drink 2018-2024 Alc 14%

Black Es­tate, Home Chenin Blanc, North Can­ter­bury 2017

91 MB 92 RG 92 RJ 88 POA Indigo Wines An at­trac­tive and un­usual New Zealand wine: this is dry, sappy and broody with firm ap­ple flavours, pas­try and raisins – rem­i­nis­cent of an ap­ple strudel. Medium in body with a firm, dry­ing fin­ish. Drink 2018-2021 Alc 12%

Mt Beau­ti­ful, Ries­ling, North Can­ter­bury 2016 91 MB 94 RG 89 RJ 91

£13.70 Ge­n­e­sis Wines Beau­ti­fully pure and en­tic­ing, it’s light but com­plex, dry and in­tense, and of­fers huge amounts of char­ac­ter with a lovely balanced length. Ries­ling with a so­prano line of lemon-like acid­ity. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 11%

Pere­grine, Ries­ling, Cen­tral Otago 2014 91 MB 92 RG 90 RJ 90

£18.30-£19.50 Car­ruthers & Kent, Exel, Great West­ern Wine Clean and zesty – still full of flavour. Very juicy fruit: kumquats and Turk­ish apri­cots linger. There’s a very se­duc­tive dry fin­ish, which en­cour­ages you to drink an­other glass. Drink 2018-2024 Alc 12%

Prophet’s Rock, Dry Ries­ling, Cen­tral Otago 2014

92 MB 92 RG 91 RJ 92 £25.15 Exel A lovely op­u­lent style. Rich depth of fruit of­fers plenty of se­duc­tive char­ac­ter and charm. Pure acid line sup­ports the lovely na­ture of this wine and cit­rus brings it to life.

Drink 2019-2024 Alc 11.5%

Hunter’s, Ries­ling, Marl­bor­ough 2016 91 MB 92 RG 88 RJ 92

£11.95 Cas­tang, Ex­pe­ri­ence, Field & Fawcett, Jer­oboams, Laith­waite’s, Re­gency Wines, Wine Utopia Limey Ries­ling aro­mas abound in this bright ex­am­ple. Sub­tle petrol notes, mov­ing to a palate that is fu­elled by soft nu­ances of blos­som and crushed stone fruit. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 12.5%

Neu­dorf, Moutere Al­bar­iño, Nel­son 2017 91 MB 94 RG 87 RJ 91

£20 FMV Beau­ti­fully poised and struc­tured; lay­ers of char­ac­ter un­fold with pear hints of spice and flo­ral un­der­tones pre­vail­ing. There’s a stone fruit edge of el­e­gance and a mixed bal­ance on the fin­ish. Drink 2018-2021 Alc 12.5%

Quartz Reef, Bendigo Es­tate, Pinot Gris, Cen­tral Otago 2017 91 MB 92 RG 90 RJ 91

£32 Vin­tage Roots Rich and se­duc­tive style. Hon­eyed fruits and play­ful acid­ity sit within a beau­ti­fully pre­cise struc­ture. There’s a sense of ease to the wine: a ‘not try­ing too hard’ ex­pres­sion. It will age for years. Drink 2019-2023 Alc 13%

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