A bigger style of Pinot, but a little one-dimensional. Firm with an abundance of fruit, spice, earth and a tannic core. A well-made wine with all the components, but comes across as a little formulaic and lacking in soul. More depth and finesse for this price is warranted.
Clear medium-deep yellow. Intense, like it or leave it nose of lime, passionfruit and lanolin/petrol. Medium-bodied, tasting of lime, lemon, gooseberry and pineapple. Drink now.
Pale silvery-yellow. Robust nose of passionfruit, grapefruit, gooseberry and lime shouts “New Zealand!”. Full-bodied and full-flavoured, cuts like a knife through smoked trout served with bitter radicchio. Will be drinking at its best in 2020.
Clear medium-deep yellow. Fairly powerful nose of gooseberry and passionfruit. Full-bodied, almost viscous. Almost sweet from packed grapefruit, papaya and more passionfruit. Drink up.
One of Costco’s house label wines. Clear pale silvery-yellow. Medium intensity nose of guava, gooseberry, lemon and rich mown grass. Light- to medium-bodied, with the essential New Zealand gooseberry and grapefruit flavours, but the attraction here is the bright, lemony acidity, with a bit of citrus oil bitterness on the finish. Refreshing and moreish. Value. Drink up.
Medium ruby colour with a lightly cedary, spicy, plum nose. It is medium-bodied, dry with flavours of ripe cherry and plum. A nicely balanced, easy drinking wine that works well with duck, lamb or veal.