Wine Guide

Women in control of the wine

As the year comes to an end, we think it’s only appropriate that you take time out to reflect on what has passed and look forward to what lies ahead. We also recommend doing this with a relaxing wine, so here are our picks for what to fill your glass with this season.

Soho-WineLuxury and style in a glass

With a focus on the sexy, fun and social draw of wine, SOHOWINECO has been impressing critics and drinkers alike since its inception in 2009. It’s a difficult task to highlight only one of their delicious offerings but the cutting-edge SOHO Westwood Rose is sure to be a popular pick this summer. Crafted by award-winning winemaker James Rowan, this Rose brings together a blend of hand-picked Merlot, Malbec and Syrah grapes from SOHO’s Onetangi vineyard on Waiheke Island giving it an enticing and vivacious flavour you’ll instantly fall in love with. “probably the best Rose I’ve ever tasted” – Yvonne Lorkin, Host of Thirsty Work on FoodTV
RRP: $26
sohowineco.com

Cecilia-BrutPerfect for the season’s celebrations

Allan Scott Family Winemakers proudly produces an impressive range of Methode Traditionnelles made using time-honoured methods in their purpose-built facility. Love and passion are two ingredients that are naturally added into every bottle.
Cecilia Brut is made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Pale straw in colour with wild white strawberry aromas along with a perfect balance of biscuit rich stone fruit characters, this wine has bright acidity, making for flavoursome, elegant bubbles.
allanscott.com

Nautilus-WineFinesse and Harmony

Nautilus Vintage Rosé 2012 is pale salmon in colour with a fine creamy mousse. Floral rose petal notes and fresh cut strawberries are supported by a touch of brioche on the nose. There is richness and breadth on the palate coming from the use of 100% Pinot Noir and extended lees maturation. The wine displays finesse and harmony and an elegant finish.
RRP: $49
nautilusestate.com

Laurent-Perrier-WineA French Affair

For almost 50 years the Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier has widely been considered the benchmark in its category and it’s clear to see why. First created in 1968 using innovative methods which brought together ingredients from all over France, the Cuvée Rosé is renowned for its intensely fruity flavours which provide drinkers with an impression of plunging into a basket of freshly picked red berries. In its elegant bottle, inspired by King Henri IV, Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier exudes an elegance that proudly asserts its French heritage.
redwhitecellar.co.nz

Villa-Maria-Rose-Mont-BlancFor when you prefer the lighter option

Lighter in alcohol but not in style, the new Villa Maria Private Bin Light 2014 comes in three refreshing Light varieties – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé.
This fruity and flavoursome collection is the delightfully lighter option to Villa Maria’s Standard Private Bin Range with 25% less alcohol, fewer calories but no compromise on taste.
Villa Maria’s Private Bin Light is the perfect accompaniment to the New Zealand summer lifestyle. Experience the new Private Bin Light today.
villamaria.co.nz

Selaks-Wine-BreezeEntertainment sorted

Selaks celebrates 80 years of winemaking with Breeze Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. This award-winning wine offers typical varietal characters of gooseberries and citrus with a hint of passion fruit. At only nine percent alcohol, it’s a great lighter wine option and with the handy screw cap (which holds bubbles for up to five days) it’s perfect for celebrating as a group or enjoying a glass. This is the perfect must-have for summer entertaining. Light, refreshing and delicious!
RRP $16.99
selaks.co.nz