Jonathan Ray Jonathan Ray

Eradus Wines Special Offer

We had such a fine Spectator Winemaker Lunch with Michiel Eradus of boutique New Zealand winery, Eradus Wines, the other day and the wines were so darned good and so well-priced that I insisted that Corney & Barrow allow us offer them to readers through The Spectator.

Founded in the Awatere river valley in Marlborough in 2002 by Dutch émigrés, Har and Sophie Eradus, Eradus Wines is now run by the couple’s son, Michiel, who has won countless awards and plaudits for his pure and expressive yet modestly-priced wines.

Michiel gave an excellent master-class on New Zealand wines in general and Eradus Wines in particular and all of us round the table were so impressed that most of us (including your humble correspondent) bought some on the spot.

Given the extremely generous terms offered by Corney & Barrow (15% off the list prices with free delivery for orders over £100), it seemed only fair to offer the wines under the same terms to readers unfortunate enough not to have been at the lunch.

The wines on offer are the crisp, clean and uncharacteristically (for Marlborough) restrained 2015 Eradus Sauvignon Blanc; the deliciously creamy and supple 2015 Eradus Pinot Gris; the mellow and wonderfully characterful 2014 Eradus Merlot Rosé; the richly flavoured, concentrated, earthy, spicy and ridiculously under-priced 2014 Eradus Pinot Noir (of which I bought half a dozen) and the gloriously sweet and mouth-filling 2014 Eradus Sticky Mickey Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (six of which I also nabbed).

These really are disarmingly drinkable wines and we wouldn’t be offering them if they weren’t. All are absolutely ready to drink now although I suspect the Pinot Noir and Sticky Mickey will be even better in a year or so.

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