New Zealand Wines 2017: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide is the 25th edition of this country’s most comprehensive, up-to-date collection of wine reviews. It is very widely consulted by sommeliers, wine retailers and wine lovers, here and abroad.
Michael Cooper needs no introduction, with over 40 books and several prestigious literary awards to his credit. Leighton Smith, of Newstalk ZB, praises it as ‘A remarkable book... I don’t believe there is a better one, certainly in Australasia and possibly even in the world, of tasting notes for the latest vintages... Arguably the best buyer’s guide on the planet.’
Osawa Prestige Collection Hawke's Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot
The 2013 vintage (★★★★) is a concentrated, ripe, slightly earthy, 50:50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, grown at Maraekakaho. It has some slightly herby, gamey notes, in a fleshy, rich and complex style.
Osawa Prestige Collection Late Harvest Gewürztraminer
Gold, with a hint of amber, the 2013 vintage (★★★★), still on sale, is a soft, sweet wine, grown at Maraekakaho, in Hawke's Bay. Drinking well now, it is floral, peachy and spicy, with bottle-aged complexity, and a rich, well-rounded finish.
Osawa Prestige Collection Méthode Traditionnelle NV
The wine on sale in 2016 (★★★★) is a fragrant, complex Hawke's Bay blend of equal portions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, grown at Maraekakaho. Attractively scented, it has crisp, lively, citrusy, yeasty, slightly toasty flavours, showing good intensity.
Osawa Winemakers Collection Hawke's Bay Chardonnay
A rich, creamy style, the 2014 vintage (★★★★½) was grown at Maraekakaho. The bouquet is fragrant and mealy, with a hint of maturity; the palate is softly textured, long and concentrated.
PRESTIGE COLLECTION METHODE TRADITIONELLE NV BRUT
A noticeably fragrant bouquet with suggestions of white flowers and wet stone then citrus and tree fruits with lemon, pith and apple; finally a distinctive layer of autolysis and lees qualities. On the palate - an immediate and powerful mousse capturing the flavours of Meyer lemon and apple, a light miso-like note then bottle-age and autolysis combinations; crisp refreshing acidity, light+ to medium weight with satin cream textures and a lengthy dry finish.
PRESTIGE COLLECTION SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012
The lifted, tangy aroma delivers vibrant gooseberry, pineapple, capsicum and tomato leaf notes. Quite savoury, which enriches those tropical notes. There's oodles of class here; perfectly balanced, fleshy, rich and concentrated with a delightful creaminess. This wine has undergone a comprehensive winemaking regime including malolactic fermentation and lees stirring ensuring it has complexity and texture. The melon, stone fruit and ripe lemon flavours combine with citrusy crispness at the finish which is suitably dry. If you like the best a sauvignon blanc can offer in a sophisticated package, this is it.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, editor-in-chief of "The Wine Advocate" recently held a tasting for New Zealand Wine.
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