FROM THE TASTINGS: VINO FINO AWARDS 2017

FROM THE TASTINGS: VINO FINO AWARDS 2017

Bubbly:
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


Value White:
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


Other Whites/Rose
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


Aromatics/Alternate Whites
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


Chardonnay:
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


Value Red:
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


Pinot Noir
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


Bordeaux Red
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 


Shiraz/Syrah
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


Fortified
Finalists: Gonzalez Byass Nectar PX, De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat, Grahams 6 Grapes Port

Winner: De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat 500ml  
Christmas and Liqueur Muscat go hand in hand. "Luscious and opulent with undeniable deliciousness" 
Festive Price $30.99