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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

Main Divide North Canterbury Chardonnay 2021

Main Divide North Canterbury Chardonnay 2021

Offering great value, this elegant wine is the best vintage yet of Pegasus Bay’s lower-priced Chardonnay. Fragrant, with a slightly smoky bouquet, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barriques. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and vigorous, with good intensity of youthful, peachy, citrusy flavours, showing considerable complexity, fresh acidity and a long finish. Best drinking 2024+.
Number of Stars:
4.5
Price:
NZ$21.00
Variety:
Chardonnay
Vintage:
2021

Treat Yourself

Radburnd Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2019

Radburnd Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2019

Already delicious, this fleshy, rich wine is a blend of Merlot (60 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40 per cent). Grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle and gravelly sites near Roys Hill, it was hand-picked and matured for 20 months in French oak barriques (partly new). Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling, savoury and supple, with a lovely spread of ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, hints of coffee and liquorice, and a finely structured, very harmonious finish. Drink now–2029.

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ$85.00
Variety:
Merlot
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