Announcing our 2019 Wines of the Year
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Every year for the past 26, our team has named a white and red wine the most outstanding for quality, pedigree and supreme value for money.

After an exciting year-long search we’re delighted to announce that Ribbon Hills Straight Line Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and Rosabrook The Heritage Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 are our Wines of the Year for 2019. Both have picked up multiple awards outside of our endorsement, so you know the quality is top tier!

2019 White Wine of the Year

Ribbon Hills Straight Line Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Grower: June Ryan, Dunbysun Vineyard

Alcohol: 13%

Cellar to: 2021+



Nose: Exuberantly aromatic, this boasts in-your-face oyster shell and sea-breeze notes that evoke the wild Marlborough coast, as well as blackcurrant, wet stone and fresh lemongrass nuances.


Palate: This is an exceptional new-release Sauvignon. It delivers all the promise of its aromas, with superb weight on the palate, rewarding flavour concentration and a core of succulent acidity leading to a persistent, long, memorable finish. A Reserve wine through and through.


Food match: Wonderful with Thai-style crab cakes, or tempura prawns with wasabi mayo.


Awards: 

Silver - NZ International Wine Show 2019

Bronze Medal - Marlborough Wine Show 2019

93 Points, 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.

Wine of the Year Winner 2019 - Vineonline

2019 Red Wine of the Year

Rosabrook The Heritage Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Winemaker: Brian Fletcher

Alcohol: 14%

Cellar: Until 2024

Oak: French & American oak


Nose: Rich, concentrated aromas of sweet blackcurrant fruit, with subtle whispers of cedar and warm earth.


Palate: This rock-star red is medium-to-full bodied with a silken, smooth, dark palate of brambly Cabernet flavours. It’s complex and inviting with fine, persistent tannins and a savoury edge to the fruit sweetness and a gorgeously lingering finish.


Food match: Enjoy with a slow-roasted lamb shoulder, or a decadent beef ragu.


Awards: 

Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

Bronze Medal - NZ International Wine Show 2019

93 Points, 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Wine of the Year Winner 2019 - Vineonline

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