BEST OF BOUTIQUE
Some of my favourites from the recent NZ Boutique Wine Festival

BEST IN SHOW
Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011 $64.99
An aromatic, elegant pinot noir that's pure, taut and linear. It unfurls to reveal complex layers of fresh black cherry, exotic spice, florals, game, smoke and earth underpinned by a vibrant freshness and powerful minerality. From Fine Wine Delivery Company, Caro's, Point Wines.

TOP WINE
Prophet's Rock Central Otago Dry Riesling 2010 $35
There's a real intensity to this dry riesling with its notes of racy lime, subtle stonefruit and firm undercurrent of mineral. Following four years in bottle, these are joined by attractive honeyed, nutty and toasty mature characters. From Wine Direct, The Wine Barrel, Wine Circle, unitedcellars.co.nz.

IMPRESSIVE BLEND
Gillman Matakana 2007 $70
Generous and ripe, this blend of cabernet franc, merlot and malbec possesses a voluptuous but elegant dark berry fruit and savoury nuances overlaid with notes of spicy oak. From The Village Winery.

SUPER SYRAH
Ash Ridge Hawke's Bay Syrah 2013 $29.99
Aromatics of violet and spice infuse the fresh, fruit- driven plummy palate of this silky, supple syrah. From Farro Fresh, unitedcellars.co.nz.

CLASSY CHARDONNAY 
Collaboration Wines Aurulent Chardonnay 2012 $30
Rich toasty, nutty and buttery notes in this creamy textured chardonnay are counterpoised by punchy notes of zesty grapefruit and flint. From The Village Winery, Primo Vino, collaborationwines.co.nz.