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This Month’s Best Buy

Church Road Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

Church Road Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

Estate-grown in Pernod Ricard NZ’s relatively cool, elevated, inland site at Matapiro, and harvested late with some berry shrivel, this is a weighty, Alsace-style wine. Delicious from the start, it is sturdy, fleshy and ripely scented, with good intensity of vibrant pear, lychee and spice flavours and an off-dry, very harmonious finish. Bargain-priced.
Number of Stars:
4.5
Price:
17.00
Variety:
Pinot Gris
Vintage:
2020

This Month’s Treat Yourself

Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2019

Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2019

Grown high in the Dartmoor Valley, Hawke’s Bay, this arresting wine was hand-picked from mature vines and fermented in French oak barriques (80 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, with a fragrant, complex, slightly smoky bouquet, it is notably refined, with mouthfilling body and deep, vibrant stonefruit and toasty oak flavours, poised, rich and very harmonious

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
70.00
Variety:
Chardonnay
Vintage:
2019