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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

Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Rosé 2022

Mission Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2022

This sharply priced wine was made from Merlot grapes, grown in the Gimblett Gravels and the Bridge Pa Triangle.  Bright pink, it is fresh and lively, with very good vigour and depth of strawberry, watermelon and spice flavours, fully dry and lingering.  Good drinking for the summer of 2022-23.
Number of Stars:
4
Price:
NZ $17.00
Variety:
Merlot
Vintage:
2022

Treat Yourself

The Boneline Amphitheatre Waipara Cabernet Franc 2020

The Boneline Amphitheatre Waipara Cabernet Franc 2020

This superb red was hand-picked from estate-grown, mature vines and matured for 16 months in French oak casks (8 per cent new).   Dark and purple-flushed, it is fragrant, rich and supple, with lovely depth of ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, finely integrated oak adding complexity, and a long, harmonious finish.

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ $80.00
Variety:
Cabernet Franc
Vintage:
2022

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