Off the shelf

03:51, May 29 2012
Garth highlights the pick of the bunch.

Scan the supermarket shelves and could discover fine wine examples and bag a few bargains.

5 stars: Vidal Reserve Series Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010 - RRP $25.69 ($15.99 on special)

Chardonnay is experiencing a resurgence in New Zealand and here's a wine that illustrates why. Golden coloured, it is fruit-driven with tastes of citrus and stone fruit. A lovely minerality contributes to a firm, long finish. Good value at $25, it is a bargain at $15.99.

5 stars: Thornbury Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 - RRP $30 ($24.99 on special)

A consistently good wine at a very fair price, this offering is delicious. Dark red, it has a slightly perfumed nose with herbal undertones. The palate is slightly sweet and full of cherry and plum, with a touch of spice.

4 stars: Te Mata Woodthorpe Vineyard Merlot/Cabernet 2009 - RRP $22.35 ($16.99 on special)

From one of the country's finest vineyards, this classic Bordeaux blend is warming and elegant. The bouquet is firm, with leathery smells. Blackcurrant and dark plum flavours dominate this soft and supple red wine.

3.5 stars: 900 Grapes Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - RRP $23.35 ($13.99 on special)

This Marlborough sauvignon blanc is crisp and fresh, with a passionfruit aroma. The palate is clean, with flavours of green capsicum and lemon and a hint of herbs. An excellent example of the region's flagship grape.

3.5 stars: Stoneleigh Marlborough Riesling 2011 - RRP $24.99 ($12.99 on special)

An easy-drinking wine with an agreeable alcohol level of 11 per cent. A floral bouquet is followed by firm flavours of apricot, lemon and lime, with good acidity. A lovely riesling to drink at lunchtime, without needing a snooze afterwards.