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Michael Cooper reviews our latest releases

Twin Valleys Chardonnay 2016
5 stars

Full of youthful potential, this wine was hand-picked at the junction of the Waihopai and Wairau valleys and fermented in French oak barriques. It is full-bodied (13.5% alc/vol), lemony and tightly structured, with strong, citrusy, slightly toasty flavours and a long, crisp finish.

Boundary Farm Sauvignon Blanc 2016
5 stars

Grown and hand-harvested on the lower slopes of the Wither Hills, this is a weighty wine (14.7% alc/vol), ripely fragrant and sweet-fruited, with tropical-fruit flavours, nutty, barrel-ferment notes adding complexity and harmonious, dry, rounded finish.

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
5 stars

Benchmark stuff, this aromatic, weighty wine has penetrating, vibrant, tropical fruit flavours to the fore, a hint of barrel-ferment complexity, and a crisp, dry, lasting finish. From winemaker Brian Bicknell, formerly chief winemaker at Seresin Estate, it was grown at seven sites, mostly at the western end of the Wairau Valley, and is drinking well right now. Fine value.

Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
4.5 stars

Fruit from four Wairau Valley sites was hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and barrel-aged for 11 months. It is mouthfilling (13.1% alc/vol), with fresh, strong, citrusy, slightly peachy flavours, crisp and dry, and has a minerally streak, firm acid spine, good complexity and obvious potential.