Sam Hunt Marlborough 2014
New Zealand's favourite poet, and the owner of the best set of black stovepipes this side of the black stump, has launched his own range of wines. Each bottle features a verse from a different Hunt poem and a snazzy QR code that opens a link to a performance of the poem by Hunt, David Kilgour and the Heavy 8s when you scan it with your smartphone. This sauvignon has passionfruit, green apple and lime aromas and a typically herbaceous mouthfeel. Tangy, taut and tasty.
Graham Norton's Own Marlborough 2015
Viewers of the Graham Norton show will know that he is always within grasping distance of a large goblet of wine. But you may not know that his tipple of choice is always an Invivo Marlborough sauvignon blanc. He became such a fan of the wine he took a stake in the company and, even blended his own version from samples flown to London. Tongue-tingling tropical fruit, lemon and lime and lawn clippings, it's full of punch and personality.
Stoneleigh Wild Valley Marlborough 2015
The Marfell name is everywhere in Marlborough - there's even a local beach named after them. So with young Jamie Marfell being the winemaking talent behind our much-loved Stoneleigh brand, that puts this new wine in the celebrity camp. Unique in that it's been crafted using "wild" or indigenous yeasts, it's scented with watercress, white pepper, preserved lemon and smoke. On the palate the acidity is crunchy and the finish long, complex and citrus-driven.