There’s not much sweetness on the palate — it’s certainly on the dry side — but that acidity drives it on and on and on. This is from the latter, of course. Thanks for stopping by our online wine shop. The winery has a few rows of syrah on the edge of the Martinborough Terrace, on a north-facing slope that drops down to the Huangarua Stream. What people are doing with sauvignon blanc is getting more and more interesting. Looking for a bottle of rosé or unusual orange wine? Top supermarket wines: DWWA medal winners Great value winners at the Decanter World Wine awards 2019... Decanter Supermarket of the Year 2018: Best Waitrose wines to try An impressive wine from a sometimes challenging vintage, this shows some nice, sweet fruit intensity and peppery notes, with an integrated, solidly structured palate. Nearly half from Waiheke, 24% came from Central Otago, 20% from Auckland, 6% from Marlborough and 1% from Northland. This is one of those wines where you read the tasting notes and wonder why it wasn’t rated even higher. Find the perfect Gold Medal-winning wine for your budget. What’s not to like?$30, Martinborough Vineyard’s syrah is usually the last pick of the season. Check your postcode today. So we sent a call-out to every winery we could find a contact for, and assembled a tasting panel that included sommeliers, wine critics and Metro staffers to taste all 176 wines received. “Perfectly balanced,” as one taster noted. Classic, and well made. This is a pretty, aromatic wine.$40, While Eaton’s Fortissimo is a family effort, son Harrison Eaton is quick to point out that the Mélange project is entirely separate and entirely his own. Taught, fresh, lightly poised but super-interesting, this is lovely stuff.$40. Yes, we all care about a good drop — but increasingly, that means different things to different people at different times. A sémillon-dominant, classic Bordeaux white blend, this wine comes from grapes grown on an organic and biodynamically farmed vineyard in the main Wairau Valley region of Marlborough. Judge Andrea Martinisi waxed lyrical about this wine, noting hints of quince and a long finish.$39 TOP 10, Colere is the creation of North Canterbury-based winemaker Julian Richards, who makes a range of wines from a range of sites. Very fresh and lingering, and the acid helps to drive the wine along.$25, “A chardonnay’s chardonnay,” wrote one taster. Holly is Matahiwi Estate’s flagship range and the pinot noir is made from a selection of parcels and clones in the estate’s vineyard. For some, the wine seemed jammy, dry and extracted. This was the top scorer of the family — complex, petrolly, oaky, with good palate weight, a touch of sweetness and a long finish.$38 TOP 10, Hans and Therese Herzog have been in Marlborough for nearly 30 years and now produce a huge range of wines — 26 different varieties — on an 11.5ha vineyard. This is a lovely aromatic, with citrus, honeysuckle, orange and some almost-smoky notes. Which is a shame, because as this wine shows, they both have something to say. Discover our favourite bottles including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot grigio and more. The wine is super dry and crisp, with racy acidity and an almost powdery texture. This Waipara wine from top producer Greystone shows sauvignon’s trademark acidity but combines fruit and grassy notes and leesy characters (giving it some impression of age and added complexity) with a soft, complex, delectable palate.$28, Everyone effused about this wine. The fruit is handpicked and whole-bunch pressed, then naturally fermented and aged in a concrete egg for 11 months. The key was to avoid adopting a notion of what, for example, a New Zealand pinot noir should be, which might make some commercial sense by encouraging reliability from the consumer’s perspective, but can suffocate experimentation, individuality and sub-regional expression, which is a shame if we want wine in this country to develop. Finishes dry. South Africa, too, is cementing itself as a producer of top-end chenin. You may have your go-to Pinot or Sauv, but if you’re keen to try something a little different, here are some Gold medal winning wines we know you’re going to love. Crafted by Hawke’s Bay’s own Hayden Penny, this, along with the Fortissimo, shows just how interesting sauvignon blanc can be, especially when it gets extended time on skins. White port and tonic is THE aperitif in the Douro region, served over lots of ice and garnished with lemon and a sprig of mint, and makes a great, less alcoholic, alternative to a G&T. But this bottle is a third of the price of a Martinborough pinot noir and still delivers the goods. Search wines by variety, star rating, price & region or find the perfect recipe to match a great bottle of wine. The region is also responsible for upwards of 77% of all wine production in New Zealand. This piece originally appeared in the January-February 2020 issue of Metro magazine, with the headline ‘Top 50 wines 2020’. For some, the nose is a little confected and, while the alcohol is stated at 14.5%, it also seems a touch hot, but — and this is a big but — there is a depth to the palate that really is quite captivating. It should be a fairly uncontroversial concept that an atypical glass of pinot noir can still be a great wine. Wanderlust Wine is a small business specialising in searching out independent winemakers producing low-intervention wines and this example from Molmenti & Celot is a prime example. Nonetheless, this ticks more than its fair share of boxes.$25 VALUE! Hopefully, they’ll move it into a regular slot in the range as this wine showed some lovely autolysis (yeasty, biscuity, brioche) notes on the nose. The wine was made with no additions bar some sulphur at bottling and is 100% whole-bunch pinot noir, so the berries are not removed from the stems prior to fermentation. 15 best sauvignon blanc wines. Meet the team of independent wine experts behind the scenes who swirled, sniffed, sipped, tasted and debated more than 1000 wines. The best New Zealand supermarket is usually the most convenient one. It is made in oak barrels with extended time on lees and malolactic fermentation — putting it some distance from “traditional” Kiwi sauvignon blanc. This wine was no exception, although it clearly shows its varietal characters in the glass. The colour alone sets it up nicely, with a lovely salmon-pink hue. Check here the historic results of the New World Wine Awards judging. Glassware: Jancis Robinson x Richard Brendon, provided by Atelier Nash. (If you find yourself with a different batch, enter it in the Untitled Wines website and you’ll get a full run-down of the makeup of the wine.) This has everything you want in a chardonnay: a big, floral, almost aromatic nose with buttery, toasty oak hints; it’s zesty on the palate, with great length and freshness. Some tasters noted a little phenolic grip — aim to pair with summery food.$28, The majority of sauvignons that scored highly seemed to be the non-conventionally made ones — which is good, I think. Follow Metro on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. This has complex notes of spice and passionfruit that’ll keep you putting your nose back in to have another sniff. Most supermarkets do unless you are out in West Auckland where it is covered by the West Auckland Trust and you can only find alcohol in the designated "West Liquor" stores which there are plenty of and easy to find :) Otherwise you can find wine in supermarkets e.g. This technique tends to give pinot noir quite a beautiful aromatic intensity, but this is overall an intense wine with dark, smoky, plummy notes and a big, bold palate.$40 TOP 10. Wines with character, made by interesting people from fascinating parts of the world. It is made in Roquemaure, where the Leperchois family has been making wine for centuries. This was 60% barrel fermented and 40% tank fermented, then aged for eight months before being bottled in February 2019. The Austrians drink grüner with pork and this will fit the bill from aperitif to sausage to a rolled loin. From the East Coast of the North Island, in beautiful and temperate Hawke’s Bay, Te Mata … From an organic vineyard in Bannockburn, it gets no filtration and no fining, going straight from barrel to bottle. The current release (lot “L.18.06.04”) has an intriguing, complex nose of pear and floral notes that reminded one taster of chardonnay. A great summer quaffer.$35, With fruit from the Upper Moutere in Nelson, handpicked and fermented with an aromatic yeast strain from Spain (albariño’s homeland), this actually shows some aromas pretty reminiscent of northwestern Spain — maybe it’s the yeast, maybe it’s the fruit. Another Top 50 showing for Hawke’s Bay winemaker Hayden Penny. Elderflower, greengage, citrus zest, marmalade and gooseberry were all descriptors that came out. Crafted by the unassuming yet wickedly talented Paul Mason, this was one of the standout wines of the tasting — elegant, balanced, refined. This really is a gem — and hard to go past for the price alone.$30, One of very few places producing a tempranillo. If it was, Huia would get greater recognition for some of the stellar wines produced by the organic, biodynamic viticulture and winemaking it practises in Marlborough. And we expressly briefed our judging panel not to be too concerned with varietals. A touch of sweetness helps the luscious body of this wine take on some lovely palate weight. The classic pairing of tempranillo in the winery is to age the wine in American oak (as is traditional in Rioja), and there are definite vanilla hints associated with the type of oak in this wine. It was, in fact, a pinot gris/sauvignon blanc/ albariño/chardonnay/gewürz/viognier blend, predominantly from Marlborough and Auck-land — well made, with a round, textural palate with some good weight. Wine Direct, Inspiring Thirst Since 1987. This is something special.$48 TOP 10, CO-BEST IN SHOW, Green Glow is Supernatural Wine Co’s skin-contact sauvignon blanc and the 2015 is the first vintage with the vines in full organic certification. Old-school, clone 95, whole-bunch pressed with 75% barrel, of which 25% is new oak, and aged for nine months in oak. One to impress the in-laws.$35, Organic and biodynamic, this Côtes du Rhône is a blend of 50% grenache, 25% syrah, 15% mourvèdre, and 10% cinsault. Made, as its name suggests, from white grapes, and usually sold fresh and young. Central Otago: In the quality of its pinot noir, the Burn Cottage Vineyard is … That often translates to a bit of “texture” on the palate but this delivers on so many levels. It’s aged in oak and it shows, with some real toasty, nutty notes in evidence. Metro has run a summer wine feature for several years now, but going into 2020, we detected a sea change in what many of us are drinking. After this time the retail price may vary. 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