Vintners is well represented in the Metro 100 Wines for Summer feature, with 9 of our wines selected - 2 of which were ranked in the overall top 10 wines, and 3 in the top 10 budget wines:

EVERYDAY SPARKLING WINES

Dibon Cava Brut Reserve NV

"A perfect introduction to Spanish cava, Dibon boasts classic lemon and lime aromas with leafy overtones. Fresh, light and dry - a great aperitif."
TOP 10 BUDGET WINES

LIGHT & FRUITY WINES

Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Godello 2010

"Godello is an old Spanish white variety that has recently been rediscovered and is creating lots of excitement. This is an uncomplicated, gentle introduction to its delights, with subtle stonefruit or tropical-fruit characters, moderate acidity and a textured, fuller mouthfeel not unlike chardonnay. Just off dry, it's a great match with summer seafood or for sipping by the beach on a hot day."
TOP 10 BUDGET WINES

MEDIUM-BODIED DRY & OFF-DRY WHITES

Kumeu River Pinot Gris 2009

"Baked apple and honey aromas, with an interesting savoury-cum-earthy undertone. A fuller-bodied example of pinot gris, with a touch of creamy oak. Just off dry, a generous and supple style to enjoy alongside food."

Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2009

"A really good example of mid-weight chardonnay, with no one feature dominating, but instead all the elements working in harmony. There is a hint of creamy malo, and some toasty oak, but also a nice balance between sweet fruit and savoury secondary characters. Great Value."
TOP 10 BUDGET WINES

FULL-BODIED WHITES

Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

"Exotic fruit characters mingle with spicy oak and savoury secondary characters. A big, powerful wine, concentrated and deep, yet with great structure and a fine elegant finish. A special wine for enjoying at Christmas dinner, and with well-chosen friends."
TOP 10 WINES - Best White and Best Local White

Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2009

"Very pale in colour, with a smoky, minerally nose, in the mouth it is full and multi-layered, yet with a tight, linear structure. Altogether a very complex and stylish wine for that special occassion."

RICH AROMATIC WHIES

Greenhough Apple Valley Riesling 2011

"The aromas progress through a wonderful spectrum, from tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, papaya, right through to dried fruits, apricot and apple. Medium in sweetness intensity, but with such zesty acidity it really does work as a standalone refreshment (well chilled) on a hot day.
TOP 10 WINES - Best Riesling/Aromatic

SOFT, EASY DRINKING REDS

Borsao Seleccion Tinto 2009

"From Northern Spain comes this creamy, cuddly red. Made predominantly from grenache (with minor additions of syrah and tempranillo), this wine boasts fruitcake and coffee characters and chewy yet rounded tannins, and is a steal at the price."
TOP 10 BUDGET WINES

FULL-BODIED REDS

Craggy Range Sophia 2009, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

"This is a dense, brooding, concentrated wine, oozing blackcurrant and plum fruit characters, with a subtle overlay of vanilla oak. Ripe and supple in the mouth, but actually very closed and structured right now. Warrants decanting if you intend to drink it at the Christmas table, otherwise this would make a very special gift for your favourite wine-loving friend."
Back to listings