FROM THE TASTINGS: VINO FINO AWARDS 2017
Finalists: Hunters Miru Miru NV, Nautilus Cuvee NV, Charles de Cazanove Champagne NV
Winner: Charles de Cazanove Champagne NV
The value that this Champagne offers is amazing. This is top quality Champagne at a second label price.
Festive Price $37.99
Finalists: Lawson’s Mt Vernon Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Bogle Chardonnay 2016, VinoGris Limited Release Pinot Gris 2013
Winner: Lawson’s Mt Vernon Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The aromatics on this are incredible and it is easy to see why it has been such a success at wine shows this year - 5 Golds. An immediate impact style, perfect for summer.
Festive Price $13.99
Finalists:Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Rose 2017; Millton Viogner 2015; Marc Bredif Classic Vouvray 2015
Winner: Marc Bredif Classic Vouvray 2015
"Marc Brédif Vouvray is easily our biggest selling Chenin Blanc. It is a wine absolutely suited to summer style foods and really is a 'must have' in the fridge at all times. It is dry, but not bone dry and it is incredibly versatile with food; it absolutely sings with seafood but is also simply delicious on its own. So good."
Festive Price $26.99
Finalists: Two Rivers Altitude Sauvignon Blanc 2015; Giesen The Brothers Gewuztraminer 2014; Man O War Exiled Pinot Gris 2016
Winner: Two Rivers Altitude Sauvignon Blanc 2015
At our recent two Rivers tasting with Dave Clouston, amongst the high quality line-up the "alternate' style Sauvignon Blanc was a favourite wine. Fermented in older oak and concrete egg, this has an amazing silky texture with subtle tropical fruit flavours. A wine to change the Sauvignon haters opinions.
Festive Price $27.99
Finalists: Nautilus 2016, Dog Point 2015, Pegasus Bay 2015
Winner: Dog Point Chardonnay 2015
Just released, we think this may be Dog Point's best yet. This vintage has a real depth of fruit, and a gentle over-lay of smokey gunflint and plenty of power on the palate.
Festive Price $32.99
Finalists: Three Dark Horses ‘The Bandy’ Cabernet 2016, Vidal Reserve Merlot Cabernet 2015, Omihi Hills Limestone Pinot Noir 2015, Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2012,
Winner: Three Dark Horses The Bandy Cabernet 2016
Intensely dark in the glass. Think dark chocolate with fine grainy tannins. Huge value here. It was a worthy winner of the NZIWS Champion Cabernet Sauvignon last month.
Festive Price $15.99
Finalists: Dog Point 2015, Peregrine 2015, Giesen Ridge Block 2014
Winner: Giesen The Ridge Block Pinot Noir 2014
We just love what Giesen are doing with their limited release wines. This single vineyard Pinot Noir is beautifully aromatic, elegance on the palate with a long, long finish. Quite sweetly fruited it has a ready attractiveness, but will surely develop well in the cellar. Exemplary.
Festive Price $52.99
Finalists: Yalumba The Cigar 2013, Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2014, Pegasus Bay Maestro 2013
Winner: Pegasus Bay Maestro 2015
We simply had to give this award to the Maestro. Local hero indeed. Big sweetly ripe fruits. Super smooth with an immediate drinkability but the assurance that it will cellar really well.
Festive Price $47.99
Finalists: Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz 2015, Robin Crozes Hermitage Papillon 2015, Elephant Hill Syrah 2015
Winner: Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz 2015
One of our all time favourite Barossa Shiraz labels. We had just heard a second allocation had arrived in NZ. Perfectly in time for Christmas. Big, rch and a benchmark for Barossa Shiraz at a very good price.
Festive Price $29.99
Finalists: Gonzalez Byass Nectar PX, De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat, Grahams 6 Grapes Port