Kissing Booth 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
There are some terrific Marlborough sauvignon blancs from the 2016 vintage, and this is among the best value.
Fresh, vibrant and quintessentially Kiwi, it is a very good choice for affordable after-work quaffing.
There are passionfruit, melon, gooseberry and citrus notes to the fore in this mouth-puckeringly vibrant white with plenty of length and brisk acidity. Perfect with picnics, salads or grilled crustaceans. $16.
Zema Estate 2013 Cluny
Established in 1982 by Italians, Zema Estate is a small family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region. The Zemas are traditional in the ‘vine to wine’ process, using only 100% Coonawarra estate grown fruit.
This medium-bodied blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec is a stand out year after year and is only released when mature.
The 2013 is a new release – and darn delicious. $28.
Kangarilla Road 2015 Duetto
The two Italian grape varieties vermentino and fiano have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years.
Here they have been blended together in a most impressive way and named Duetto; the Italian word for a musical piece for two performers.
The wine is fresh and harmonious with textural elements added by the fermentation on skins of 20% of the fruit in old-style clay amphorae. Great with seafood dishes. $25.