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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.


Best Buy

Sugar Loaf Marlborough Riesling 2019

Sugar Loaf Marlborough Riesling 2019

Estate-grown at Rapaura, on the north side of the Wairau Valley, this fragrant, light lemon/green wine is starting to break into full stride. Open and expressive, it is gently sweet (28 grams/litre of residual sugar), with rich, peachy flavours, showing very good delicacy, poise and length.
Number of Stars:
4.5
Price:
NZ$20.00
Variety:
Riesling
Vintage:
2019

Treat Yourself

Flaxmore Moutere Nelson Pinot Noir 2019

Flaxmore Moutere Nelson Pinot Noir 2019

Estate-grown and hand-picked in the Moutere hills, this generous red was matured for nine months in oak barrels (20 per cent new). Deep, bright ruby, it is full-bodied and savoury, with ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing impressive complexity and depth, well-integrated oak and good tannin backbone.

Number of Stars:
4.5
Price:
NZ$32.00
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Vintage:
2019

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