Tim Turvey’s far flung Hawke’s Bay vineyard, evocatively named Clearview Estate, is a 15 minute drive south of Napier, where the sound of the ocean tumbles through the air, as you sit in the vineyard café. Talk about a well named vineyard. Turvey first planted grapes, olives, avocadoes and lavender in 1986 at Te Awanga, which is now also home to the bigger, flasher, Elephant Hill. Both wineries pump out pretty small volumes of high quality wine and, good as their reds are, the whites hold my taste buds most in thrall.

What: 2013 Clearview Reserve Sauvignon Blanc  

Grapes? 100% sauvignon blanc

How much: $25

Why: Winemakers Tim Turvey and Matt Kirby shine a new light on sauvignon blanc by fermenting this one in oak so that it’s full bodied, richly flavoursome and still, thanks to ‘savvy’s’ high acidity, juicy and fresh.

Where: Specialist wine stores, such as Caro’s or www.clearviewestate.co.nz

An Auckland wine & food week

Celia Hay packed nine banana boxes, three children and all the wine she could fit in her car and drove from Christchurch to Auckland four years ago. She has since re-established her food and wine school from the quake-stricken city to Auckland and, next month, holds her second annual W&F Wine and Food celebration at the NZ School of Food and Wine. It runs from Sunday 13 to Tuesday 15 September 2015 and includes coffee cupping, food masterclasses, wine and food walkabouts with Master of Wine Bob Campbell and Italian tastings with yours truly. Details at: http://event.foodandwine.co.nz/Presenters.html#Joelle