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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

Left Field Gisborne Albariño 2020

Left Field Gisborne Albariño 2020

Offering great value, this wine is delicious young. From a traditional, now fashionable, variety of Spain and Portugal, it is bright, light lemon/green, mouthfilling and strongly varietal, with very good intensity of vigorous, ripe, citrus and tropical fruit flavours, appetising acidity and a dry, lingering finish. (From Te Awa).
Number of Stars:
4.5
Price:
NZ$19.00
Variety:
Albariño
Vintage:
2020

Treat Yourself

Esses Kaikoura Couer de Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2015

Esses Kaikoura Couer de Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2015

Full of personality, this vigorous sparkling wine was grown at Kaikoura, in North Canterbury, and disgorged after almost four years on its yeast lees. Light straw, with a persistent ‘bead’, it is a vivacious wine, with a strong, citrusy fragrance and intense, yeasty, slightly toasty flavours, showing excellent complexity and length. Well worth discovering.

Number of Stars:
5
Price:
NZ$65.00
Variety:
Chardonnay
Vintage:
2015

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