New Zealand is known for producing aromatic sauvignon blanc and mouth-filling, concentrated chardonnay. We look at some of the award winning picks from the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Beautiful citrus flavours with a crisp, crunchy finish. This wine is sure to be a summer crowd pleaser. Winner of a pure elite gold medal.
Tohu Mugwi Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Another gold meal winner, expect honeyed toast and biscuits on the nose, an unusual welcome introducing a wonderfully complex wine. Stone fruit and tropical fruits flavours are balanced perfectly with the crisp acidity.
Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2014
This wine has aromas of stone fruit, flowers, flint and cashew. Intricate savoury oak influences including hazelnut meld with stone fruit and acidity on the palate. A very good example of Hawke's Bay chardonnay and well-deserving of a pure elite gold medal.
Aronui Nelson Chardonnay 2014
A beautiful winner in the silver category, expect intense aromas of stone fruit and smoky oak, continuing on to the palate with creamy butterscotch and hazelnut flavours. A well-balanced and lingering finish. Winner of a pure silver medal.
Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Tropical fruit aromas on the nose with grapefruit and passion fruit and a crisp, dry, mineral finish Winner of a pure-silver medal.