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This Month’s Best Buy

Nga Waka Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Nga Waka Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Ever since its striking debut in 1993, this label has consistently offered top quality and value. The latest vintage is highly aromatic, sweet-fruited and punchy, with good weight, vigorous, ripely herbaceous flavours, fresh acidity, and a dry, lingering finish. Best drinking mid-2021+.
Number of Stars:
4.5
Price:
NZ$19.00
Variety:
Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:
2020

This Month’s Treat Yourself

Wild Earth Earth and Sky Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

Wild Earth Earth and Sky Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

Already very approachable, this seductive red was grown at three sites in Bannockburn, matured in French oak barriques (22% new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright ruby, with a very fragrant, savoury bouquet, it is mouthfilling and supple, with very impressive delicacy, complexity, harmony and length.

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ$50–$65
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Vintage:
2019