Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2015 AUD $18 With its pale colour and bright, fresh lemongrass, lemon juice and herbal aromas this wine is intense and ripe, faithful to the grape and neither sweetness nor acid are overdone. Outstanding value. (12.5 per cent alcohol; screw
Villa Maria 2014 Cellar Selection Syrah, Hawke’s Bay NZD $25 Moderately dense and deep-tinted Syrah with plum, black currant, black pepper and liquorice flavours. Impressively full-flavoured red with a backbone of fine, ripe tannins that promise good development potential. Great value at this price. (Screwcap)
Wirra Wirra Mrs Wigley Grenache Rosé, McLaren Vale 2015 AUD $19.95 A full-flavoured rosé and a very good one. The colour is electric pink-purple; the aroma and flavour are of ripe cherry, with some yeastiness and meaty ferment characters. It’s bright and grapy with a
Villa Maria 2015 Cellar Selection Dry Riesling, Marlborough NZD $18 Dry Riesling with just a tiny hint of sweetness that’s balanced by fruity acidity to give a refreshingly crisp and lengthy finish. Lime zest, chalky mineral and a hint of rose petal flavours. Deliciously tangy
Jacob’s Creek Classic Riesling, South Eastern Australia 2015, AUD $12 Floral, citrusy aromas plus mint leaves and lime juice. A trace of yeastiness. The palate is firm, clean and savoury with a searing dryness and bright, refreshing acidity, which adds a little hardness. Food softens
Amisfield 2014 Lowburn Terrace Riesling, Central Otago NZD$25 Attractive medium-sweet Riesling with strong lime juice, mineral and floral notes. Sweetness is restrained by tangy acidity to build a delicious, mouth-watering tension in the wine. Good now but with the potential to gain even more complexity
Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River 2013 AUD$16 Deep red-purple colour, raspberry and crushed herb aromas, a hint of tomato leaf. It’s medium-bodied and straightforward, with bright varietal fruit and finishing with a decisive, typical cabernet grip. Remarkable value. (Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol.) Score:
Villa Maria 2015 Seddon Vineyard Pinot Gris NZD$30 Crisp, dry Pinot Gris with pear, quince, stewed apple and cloves plus a suggestion of yeasty brioche. A seamless wine with a pleasantly grainy texture. Sophisticated Pinot Gris with moderate intensity. (Screwcap) Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view on
Marcel Martin Cuvée Mademoiselle Pays d’Oc Rosé, Languedoc 2014 AUD $13 With a light smoked salmon hue with an orange tinge, this dry, savoury, subtle syrah rose is developing dried herb aromas. Lemon-juicy taste, delicate and lingering with a satisfying touch of richness. Great value.
Kumeu River 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu NZD $30 20% new oak. Impressive Chardonnay with peach, stone fruit, toasted nut, brioche, vanilla and spicy oak. Great texture – quite rich with a suede-like feel. Lengthy wine with a good structure of gentle acidity and subtle tannins.