Neudorf Rosie's Block Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $33
Five different clones were hand-harvested, fermented with wild yeasts and blended to create this buttered crumpet-smelling chardonnay, which quickly unveils a backbone of grilled nectarine and grapefruit pith alongside deliciously textural, creamy almond characters in the mid palate. It's a juicy, cheek-puckering style that pretty much makes everything you consume with it positively bounce around in your mouth. Fresh, elegantly structured, all-round niceness from these Nelson pioneers.
Sip with: lemon chicken tagine.
Available at: neudorf.co.nz
Linden Estate Reserve Hawke's Bay Syrah 2014 $48
This Esk Valley producer is on its way to completing a radical turnaround of fortunes. From being run into virtual non-existence, it's been rescued and revitalised by sparkie-turned-winemaker Trevor Shepherd, who has a knack for creating quality syrah. Intensely spicy and showing plum, dark berries, cocoa and elegant, elongated tannins and expert handling.
Sip with: spice rubbed lamb rumps.
Available at: lindenestatewinery.co.nz
Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2014 $18
Aromas of green apple, carrot cake spices and musky, honeysuckle and apricot kernel characters all merge together on the palate and crash into a wave of sweetness. There's a soft, grainy texture to the finish of this tangy example that'll appeal to those who prefer a more honeyed style of riesling.
Sip with: spicy jambalaya.
Available at: allanscott.com