Morton 1995 Recently Disgorged Methode Traditionelle - bready, creamy, rich.
Huntaway Reserve Marlborough 1999 Malbec - Dark garnet, plums and earth. Mouth-filling black fruit, balanced and long.
Haythornethwaite 1999 Martinborough Beverley Pinot Noir - Ruby-rose. Luscious perfumed floral scents. Full and velvety, ripe red fruit.
Mt. Difficulty 1999 Central Otago Pinot Noir - Ruby color, spicy cherry-berry perfume. Intense but balanced fruit.
Kaituna Valley 1999 The Awatere Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir - Clear ruby. Lean, almost austere, but lovely balance and length with clean Pinot fruit.
Chard Farm 1999 Central Otago Bragato Pinot Noir - Delicate floral aromas; much more open on the palate, elegant and balanced red fruit.
C.J.Pask 1998 Hawke's Bay Reserve Merlot - Dark purple. Ripe cherries and chocolate on the nose and palate, open and appealing.
C.J.Pask 1999 Hawke's Bay Reserve Merlot - Day-glo reddish-purple. Crisp blueberry aromas with a whiff of dill. Ample fruit structured with lemony acidity.
Vidal Estate Hawke's Bay 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot - Dark garnet. Lovely black currant aroma. Tart acid and tannins add structure to bold, ripe fruit.
Mills Reef 1998 Hawkes Bay Elspeth Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah - Dark garnet. Herbal black fruit, earth and pepper.
C.J.Pask 1998 Hawke's Bay Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Inky garnet. Ripe black fruit with grace notes uf dill and fragrant pepper. Big, tannic and structured. A mouth full, but well balanced.
Allan Scott 1998 "Prestige" Cabernet Sauvignon - Inky garnet. Light caramel scent. Much more impressive flavor, intense cassis and firm tannins. www.allanscott.comi
Selfried 1999 Nelson Barrique Fermented Chardonnay - Honey, vanilla and beeswax, very full and rich.
Corbans 1999 Gisbourne Private Bin Chardonnay - Chestnuts and apples, big and sweet.
Lawson's Dry Hills 1999 Marlborough Chardonnay - Bright gold. Pineapple and oak, wood quite evident. Big and structured, tropical fruit and sweet oak.
Esk Valley 1999 Reserve Chardonnay - Pale straw. Chestnuts and wildflowers, elegant and restrained. Very rich and full flavor.
Matariki 1999 Hawke's Bay Chardonnay - Straw color. Crisp apples and baked bread. Full apple flavor with a touch of honeysuckle.
Cooper's Creek 1999 Hawke's Bay Chardonnay - Clear gold. Roasted chestnuts and spicy apple butter.
Villa Maria 1998 Marlborough Reserve Chardonnay - Candy apple, butterscotch and caramel; full and structured well.
Villa Maria 1997 Marlborough Reserve Barrique Fermented Chardonnay - Remarkable rich clover honey scent. Flavor consistent, dry and delicious.
Villa Maria 1996 Marlborough Reserve Barrique Fermented Chardonnay - Cream and honey, subtle and delicate. Big and full flavors. Impressive.
Fading, I skip the rest of the Chardonnays and the familiar Sauvignon Blancs and jump straight to the Rieslings.
Stoneleigh 1999 Marlborough Riesling - Lovely lemon-lime and mineral character, off-dry and pleasantly prickly.
Kim Crawford 1999 Marlborough Dry Riesling - Appetizing mango and pine. Tart, near-dry flavor, ripe limes and a whiff of Riesling "petrol."
Family Block 1999 Yarrum Vineyard Marlborough Riesling - Apples, honey and a whiff of conifer. Full-bodied, off-dry, with very tart lemony acidity.
Grove Mill 1999 Winemaker's Reserve Marlborough Riesling - Fresh apple and crisp lime, clean and long.
Villa Maria 1996 Private Bin Marlborough Riesling - Bright gold, intense minerally "petrol" and candy-apple aromas. Off-dry flavors are consistent with the nose, structured by steely acidity.