Some top tipples come out of New Zealand

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New Zealand’s South Island is home to the country’s largest wine region, Marlborough.

Hugely successful, Invivo released its first wines in 2008 and gold medal-winning whites such as Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011, NZ (£12.99, Harvey Nichols) remind us how a young Kiwi winery can turn out seriously stylish vino.

The pungent green aromas, tropical fruits and limey zestiness of its 2011 sauvignon blanc are quite delightful.

Australian through and through, Bootstraps Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2010, Australia (£9.99, Sainsbury’s) has a violet nose and the rich flavours of black cherries, blackberry and cassis are laced with pepper and a hint of sandalwood.

Alternatively, Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2009, Australia (£19.99, www.ozwines.co.uk) will delight the most discerning dads.

Spicy, juicy and jammy with fresh acidity, a cigar box element and grippy tannins, it’s a blend of the very best shiraz from two famous wine regions, Clare Valley and the Mclaren Vale.