Lake Chalice 'The Raptor' Marlborough Chardonnay 2010 $29
This is a super-sippable chardonnay which oozes tropical treats and succulent stonefruit notes. It has a really attention-grabbing, upfront juiciness and lovely, toasty texture on the finish. www.lakechalice.com
Brancott Estate 'Living Land' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $23
An exponential improvement in quality this year. This is now a sauvignon boasting real texture, weight and personality in its punchy, tropical flavours and clean, driven acidity. Widely available. www.brancottestate.com
Renaissance Brewing Co. Perfection Pale Ale 500ml $7.20
Andy Deuchars, Brian Thiel and Soren Eriksen have created in "Perfection" one of those really comforting, creamy, English-style pale ales that I just love to drink.
It is toasty, nutty and rich, with a masculine, malty flavour and spice-driven fresh, hoppy notes on the finish.
A beer that I could easily become best friends with. www.renaissancebrewing.co.nz