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There are a few brands of wine that regularly offer great value. Main Divide wines, with their ripe fruit, complexity and texture, from the award-winning Pegasus Bay winery in Wairarapa north of Christchurch, is one of them.
Four stars (out of five)
Generous ripe fruit with savoury, spicy undertones, rich, flavoursome and well structured with fine grained tannins. Satisfying.
Light red fruits with a vegetal edge, underlying hints of licorice, spice and charred oak, and a dusty, fruity finish. A lighter style of wine.
Below average value
Light in the mouth with hints of cherry and spicy fruit, underlying nuances of mineral and licorice and a simple, crisp finish. This is unoaked pinot noir.
With hints of cherries, spice and mineral, this is mouth-filling with layers of complexity, well structured with subtle supporting oak and fine-grained tannins it is delicious.
This took a while in the glass to reveal its fruit, savoury licorice undertones and hints of new leather, but its structure, fresh, firm finish and a long satisfying aftertaste indicate it will develop over a year or two.
Four and a half stars
A youthful wine, just starting to reveal its charms - dark, spicy fruit, with rich savoury undertones, a firm structure with fruit weight and a stylish, elegant finish. Give it another few years to develop its potential.
Ara Pathway Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
A light wine with hints of charred oak, cherry plums, pine needles and raw timber, and a lively edge. Best served slightly chilled.
Ara Select Blocks Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
Three and a half stars
A lively wine, with hints of elderberry and edgy red fruits, savoury suggestions, but concentrated and textural with a crisp, lively finish.