From a region better known for Burgundian varieties, this Sauvignon Blanc has turned out well. Passion fruit, peaches and gooseberries flow across the palate, which features a bit of creaminess. A hint of capsicum (green pepper) intensifies on the finish.
It’s the same grape variety, the same vintage and the same growing region as the identically rated Ata Rangi, but couldn’t be more different, offering bold black cherry and spice in a satisfyingly rich mouthful of flavor.
Shows good intensity of pineapple, citrus and buttered-toast flavors, but still seems a bit gawky and young. Give this one another six months or a year to knit together before hitting its stride.
Hay, mint and grass add a green touch to the nose, which also features nectarine. Citrus, but nothing really defined, dominates the flavor profile. More citrus and zippy acids run wild on the finish. It doesn’t offer any one thing for you to hang your hat on.
It's the rare NZ Riesling we see in this country that's from Martinborough, but Nga Waka's 2001 makes a strong case for the continued production of Riesling in an area that's better known for Burgundian varieties. Floral on the nose, with bright citrusy fruit on the palate and almost ephemerally light, this is an ideal aperitif wine.
Starts off with toasted almond, pear and citrus aromas, evolving into pear and orange in the mouth. This medium-weight Chard is a nice drink that finishes with some slightly aggressive wood and a trace of grapefruit.