NEWS: New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide has moved online exclusively, meaning the annual print edition is no longer published. This reflects the soaring international demand for online reviews. The Buyer’s Guide is consulted in New Zealand and around the world by its members – highly engaged consumers and professional wine producers, distributors, sommeliers and retailers. All content from previous print editions (2021 and earlier) is still available on the website for members. New reviews will be frequently uploaded to the site throughout the year, giving members access to everything the print edition contained – and more.
In an average year, Michael Cooper tastes around 3,000 wines and his wealth of knowledge has earned him the position of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine writer. Join this site to take advantage of Michael’s expert advice, reviews and best buy recommendations.
Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2021
Jackson Estate Gum Emperor Single Vineyard Waihopai Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Lovely now, this mature red is Marlborough Pinot Noir at its best. Estate-grown and hand-picked from ‘old’ vines in the Waihopai Valley, it is multi-faceted, fragrant and supple, with rich cherry, plum and spice flavours, nutty and complex. Very savoury and mellow, it’s probably at its peak in 2023.
Reviews of the latest editions
“Want to find a good New Zealand wine? You’d be hard-pressed to go past New Zealand Wines 2020: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide.” Emma Jenkins, Winestate
“For anybody who is interested in New Zealand wine, it doesn’t come any better. A great book – it always is.” Leighton Smith
“Michael has a lovely, laid-back tasting notes style that doesn’t scream at you. A very reliable taster.” Caro’s Wine Merchants
“So when Cooper says a wine is great – and great value – you sit up and listen.” – Josie Steenhart, Stuff
“[Michael Cooper is] New Zealand’s leading consumer advocate in wine.” Allan Scott, Marlborough Man
“The softcover book that first made its presence felt in 1992 has become somewhat of a bible for wine lovers here at home and, more recently via his website, overseas.” Tessa Nicholson, New Zealand Winegrower
“… the Gandalf of New Zealand wine critics, Michael Cooper…” Yvonne Lorkin, Canvas, New Zealand Herald
“Michael is deeply entrenched in the landscape of New Zealand wine… We consider his extensive knowledge and long experience vital as a benchmark tool when reflecting on our wines.” Dry River