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Buy Of The Week AU

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

Buy Of The Week NZ

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)

Buy Of The Week AU

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

Buy Of The Week NZ

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

Buy Of The Week AU

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

Buy Of The Week NZ

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

Buy Of The Week AU

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:

Buy Of The Week NZ

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

Buy Of The Week – AU

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.

Buy Of The Week – NZ

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.