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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.


Best Buy

Two Rivers Marlborough Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Two Rivers Marlborough Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2021

This classy, distinctive wine was grown at four sites in the Awatere and Wairau valleys, and mostly tank-fermented; a small part of the blend was fermented in concrete, egg-shaped vessels and clay amphorae. Bright, light lemon/green, with a fragrant, complex bouquet, it is mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with penetrating melon, lime and green capsicum flavours, dry and lingering. Full of youthful impact, it should be at its best mid-2022+.
Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ$25.00
Variety:
Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:
2021

Treat Yourself

Bilancia Hawke's Bay Syrah 2019

Bilancia Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2019

This impressive red was grown at a single vineyard on Roys Hill and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques, mostly seasoned rather than new. Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling, vibrantly fruity and supple, with deep, ripe, plummy, spicy flavours, complex and savoury, and a seductively smooth finish. Offering fine value, it’s well worth cellaring, but already delicious.

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ$30.00
Variety:
Syrah
Vintage:
2019

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