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This Month’s Best Buy

Eradus Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Eradus Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

From a favourably dry growing season, the new season’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs are now filtering onto the shelves. Bargain-priced, this estate-grown wine was harvested from 20-year-old vines. Mouthfilling and freshly herbaceous, it has passionfruit/lime flavours, showing very good delicacy and depth, and an appetisingly crisp, bone-dry finish.
Number of Stars:
4
Price:
NZ$17.00
Variety:
Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:
2020

This Month’s Treat Yourself

Mountford Liaison North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

Mountford Liaison North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016

An irresistible buy, this is superior to many Pinot Noirs priced over $45. From estate-grown vines at Waipara, mostly planted in 2009, it’s delicious now, with deep colour, a beguiling fragrance, mouthfilling body and an array of cherry, plum, spice, herb and nut flavours, showing excellent complexity and personality.

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ$28.00
Variety:
Pinot Noir
Vintage:
2016