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Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

January 17, 2021

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $24 This Sauvignon Blanc has an extra whoomph of white pepper and lemongrassy loveliness across the classic citrus, passionfruit and bruised basil bodaciousness that the Jules Taylor sauvignon blancs are known to possess. The acidity has prickle and punch and  adds to the generosity of textures present. It absolutely … Read More

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

January 8, 2021

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2018 $29 Oh great Norse gods of the forests and seas, every sniff and sip of this mighty Marlbourian chardonnay conjures up tantalising toasted almond, grilled grapefruit and roast peach flavours that collide with juicy acidity and silky yet sexy textures to create a deliciously complex wine that’ll wow even the toughest … Read More

Scout Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

January 7, 2021

Scout Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay 2019 $34 This debut Marlborough chardonnay from the young, talented, winemaking twosome of Sarah Adamson and Greg Lane is crafted from clone 548 grapes, that were handpicked from their mate Josh Hammond’s vineyard in the Fairhall district and pressed as whole bunches into a combo of oak puncheons (500lt) and barriques (225lt) for … Read More

Scout Lowburn Central Otago Chardonnay 2019

January 7, 2021

Scout Lowburn Central Otago Chardonnay 2019 $34 Gorgeous chardonnay here from a site situated on the stony slopes above Lake Dunstan. Harvested and pressed directly to barrels where it went through a natural/wild/indigenous primary ferment and a healthy 100% malolactic secondary ferment. The result is a a grilled peach and grapefruit-stacked chardonnay oozing personality, plucky … Read More

Quartz Reef Late Disgorged Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle 2010

January 6, 2021

Quartz Reef Late Disgorged Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle 2010 $120 Originally released to celebrate the monumental occasion of 21years since Austrian winemaker Rudi Bauer knocked on the door of the the Perriam family at Bendigo Station and convinced them their land would be the perfect place to grow grapes for supremely good Pinot Noir and … Read More

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago Blanc de Blancs 2015

January 6, 2021

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago Blanc de Blancs 2015 $79 This is the flagship sparkling wine in the Quartz Reef portfolio, only crafted when the fruit is absolutely perfect and the gods sprinkle fairy dust and fabulousness on the vintage. Produced from 100% certified organic and biodynamic chardonnay by winemaker Rudi Bauer and his … Read More

Wither Hills The Honourable Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018

January 5, 2021

Wither Hills The Honourable Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 $74.99 Named after one of the region’s farming pioneers, ‘The Honourable Charles Bigg Wither’, a man who purchased the Taylor River Run no.14 back in 1848. This rather snazzy piece of land became, over the next 160 years, home to some of Marlborough’s finest wines – and … Read More

Wither Hills Early Light Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

January 5, 2021

Wither Hills Early Light Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 $17.99 Harvested earlier than their other Pinot Gris lines, the Early Light takes advantage of grapes bursting with bright apple and pear flavours, but with lower levels of natural sugar, so they’re able to create lower alcohol levels and still maintain good varietal character. It’s a teensy … Read More

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

January 5, 2021

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2019 $17.50 Crafted by winemaker Matt Large and his team of rosé fans, this is a definite box-ticker for anyone angling for rosé with elegant fruity characters and balanced, dry-styled, crisp textures in the mouth. Cleansing, crunchy and easy on the palate and the wallet – it’s an uncomplicated, … Read More

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

January 5, 2021

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 $29 So beautifully balanced it’s like a ballerina tiptoeing in pointe shoes across your tongue on a tightrope. Aromatically it delivers fresh nashi and yellow plum perfume in spades, while the cleansing, juicy, white nectarine notes wash soothingly over the palate and leave a lengthy, textural … Read More

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Taylor River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

January 4, 2021

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Taylor River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $25.99 Here’s the thing. I tasted this wine and immediately wrote ‘Black Doris Plum’ – then it wouldn’t let me go. It’s the perfect season for them and I had to have one. I got in my car and raced to every supermarket and roadside … Read More

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018

January 4, 2021

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 $21.99 Lightly styled and boasting red berries stitched together with classic tamarillo on toast characters, it’s a fresh, nicely spiced example that’s easy to navigate and appreciate. Widely available and a total crowd-pleaser without being a trauma for your wallet. http://www.witherhills.co.nz

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