You may have your go-to Pinot or Sauv, but if you’re keen to try something a little different, here are some Gold medal winning wines we know you’re going to love.
If you’re looking for something exotic and boundary-pushing
We recommend Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer 2020 with its punchy flavours of rose and lychee. Just call it “ga-vertz”, it’s a favourite with Thai, Vietnamese and Singaporean cuisines – fantastic with chilli crab.
If Chardonnay is you first choice but you’re open to suggestions
We recommend The Crater Rim Waipara Viognier 2019. Originally from the northern Rhone Valley in France ‘vee-on-yay’ loves dishes with leafy aromatic herbs like basil and tarragon. Its peachy spicy notes make it a wine for all seasons, rather like Chardonnay on steroids.
If Pinot Gris is your go-to and you’re looking for your next wine adventure
We recommend The Hunting Lodge Seasonal Collection Albariño 2020. A Spanish variety getting a foothold in New Zealand, this is an awesome match for seafood, fish and chicken with its high acid, bold fruity aromas and intense flavours of lime and rock melon.
If bubbles are your thing and you’re looking for a new experience
We recommend Cinzano Prosecco D.O.C. A lively introduction to the Italian bubbles taking the world by storm. Light and fruity with a hint of sweetness, it’s wonderful paired with fresh fruits, figs and ham.
If Rosé ticks your boxes and you’re looking for less alcohol without compromise
We recommend Banrock Station Pink Moscato 2019 which sits at a cool 6% ABV. Made with Moscato grapes and naturally lower in alcohol, this is fresh, frothy, frivolous and just a little sparkly. Made for a summer’s day picnic.
If you gravitate towards a gutsy Syrah, here is the best kept secret
We recommend Latente Reserva Malbec 2017 from Argentina which is packed with fruit cake and dark raspberry notes and is a rich smooth mouthful. We recommend it with venison and leaner meats and it will stack up with stronger cheeses – impress the father-in-law but don’t tell him what a steal it is.
If Pinot Noir is your wine of choice and you’re looking for the next best thing
We recommend Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2019. Tempranillo is Spain’s number 1 grape and is famous for producing the wines of Rioja. Savoury with spice and mouth-filling flavour it’s delicious with everything from a charcuterie platter to ham with a roasted vegetable salad.
If a soft round Merlot ticks your boxes and you’re open to suggestions
We recommend The Hunting Lodge Expressions Lavish Merlot Malbec 2019 – wonderfully approachable with dark red fruits and a lovely spice from the Malbec. A versatile wine, it’s perfect for those bring-a-plate-pot-luck gatherings with friends and family.