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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

Unison Rocky Red 2020

Unison Rocky Red 2020

This characterful red offers fine value.  A blend of Merlot (68 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (32 per cent), it was grown in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, and barrel-matured for 19 months.  Deeply coloured, it is full-bodied and vibrantly fruity, with concentrated, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, and good tannin backbone.  Already delicious, it should be at its best 2024+.
Number of Stars:
4.5
Price:
NZ $25.00
Variety:
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:
2020

Treat Yourself

Te Awanga Estate Trademark Syrah 2018

Te Awanga Estate Trademark Syrah 2018

Grown in the Tuki Tuki Valley, Hawke’s Bay, this classy, distinctive red was hand-picked and matured for 18 months in French oak barrels.  Full-coloured, it is fragrant, mouthfilling and supple, with generous, ripe, nutty flavours, complex, savoury and very harmonious.  Currently delicious, it should mature gracefully for a decade.

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ $109.00
Variety:
Syrah
Vintage:
2018

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