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Bob short for Kate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

April 8, 2020

Bob short for Kate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($tbc)  Well if you were amping to taste a feisty, frisky, fanging-with-flavour sauvignon blanc then this is the knees of the bees.  Certified organic and created by sauvignon blanc master Ben Glover, Awash with lemon verbena, passionfruit and lime sorbet, peach and crushed basil brilliance, it’s a … Read More

Bob short for kate Organic Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

April 8, 2020

Bob short for Kate Organic Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019 $tbc So your plan’s not cunning enough to pin a tail on and call it a weasel?  Fret not.  It’ll never measure up to Kate’s scheme of disguising herself as a boy and calling herself ‘Bob’ to become Lord Blackadder’s manservant and keep a roof over … Read More

Mr Glover Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

April 8, 2020

Mr Glover Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $42 I’ve said it before, but in case you missed the memo, for professional pinot people, Ben Glover is about as top-of-the-tree as it gets in this country.  With ‘chief winemaker’ titles from Wither Hills, Mud House and Zephyr, and a past Chair of Pinot Noir New Zealand, … Read More

Mr Glover Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

April 8, 2020

Mr Glover Marlborough Chardonnay 2019 ($27) This wine is exactly what I’m looking for in chardonnay.  In terms of fruit concentration, it’s epic.  In terms of oak-soaked tropicality, it’s epic.  In terms of having peachy, shortcakey complexity and all the makings of being a bad boy in a bottle, it’s again, epic.  Fresh acidity accentuates … Read More

Stonecroft Old Vine Gimblett Gravels Gewürztraminer 2019

April 6, 2020

Stonecroft Old Vine Gimblett Gravels Gewürztraminer 2019 $45 So I have no idea what religion you follow but I’m like, if you love the sun, or the soft or howling rain, or the laughter of children, or the ability to buy fruit, meat and vegetables, or the satisfaction of picking up a worm off the … Read More

Norman Hardie Unfiltered VQA Prince Edward County Pinot Noir 2016

April 6, 2020

Norman Hardie Unfiltered VQA Prince Edward County Pinot Noir 2016 ($60) Canadian pinot noir isn’t something we see in New Zealand very often (much like appropriate footwear and eye protection when mowing the lawns, the correct use of hair straighteners or affordable house painters).  So I get a tad excited whenever one lands on my … Read More

Stonecroft Undressed Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2019

April 3, 2020

Stonecroft Undressed Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2019 $31 I love how exotically perfumed this organically-grown Gimblett Gravels merlot is, and the fact that it’s made with no added sulphites (hence the ‘undressed’) – so I’m loving what it has, and what it hasn’t.  Perky plum, pepper and pomegranate layers set the pace for boatloads of berries … Read More

Selaks 1934 Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019

March 31, 2020

Selaks 1934 Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019 $16.99 Reviewed in Canvas Magazine in the NZ Herald April 4 2020 and paired with Annabel Langbein’s Lamb and Chickpea Curry Well I’ll be fragrantly footstomped! Here we have a supertasty smorgasbord of 67% merlot, 29.5% sauvignon blanc, 1.3% pinot gris, 1.2% malbec, 0.7% cabernet sauvignon and 0.3% cabernet … Read More

Goshawk Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

March 27, 2020

Goshawk Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018$poa Well well well. If I haven’t just managed to snaffle a bottle of the top-secret solo project from Mills Reef’s long-time, legendary winemaker, Paul Dawick. The name is taken from his mum’s maiden name (Drummond) and there happened to be a Goshawk bird attached to the coat of … Read More

Cypress Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

March 27, 2020

Cypress Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $26 The 2018 vintage of what’s become a huge favourite of mine, is absolutely saturated with ripe plum, blackberry, blueberry and that all-important, syrah-staple, buckets of cracked pepper. There’s a lovely layer of charred oak, black olive and a sniff of soy, meaning its everything I’m looking for in great … Read More

Zephyr Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2019

March 27, 2020

Zephyr Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2019 $29 West of the Gin Wharf and the Whitebait Pozzie, on the Northside of the Opawa River, lies the Stopbank Block, and that’s where the Glover family have their gewürztraminer grapevines growing in deep, Kaiapoi silt loam soils.  Back in 1988 Owen Glover began converting the family dairy farm to vineyards … Read More

Selaks 1934 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

March 26, 2020

Selaks 1934 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $16.99 Created in homage to the year that Marino Selak sold his first vintage of wine, this new range boasts a chardonnay that I’m certain will become a ‘best value classic’.  I say that because for sixteen bucks you have a wine that’s absolutely heaving with pineapple, peach, guava … Read More

Thirsty Work is a television show that unearths some of the personalities behind New Zealand’s successful and innovative Wine and Beverage Industry. Broadcast on Food TV (SKY ch.9), Thirsty Work soaks up New Zealand’s beverage landscape.  Not just vineyards, but barrel halls, tank rooms, cellar doors, wine stores, supermarkets, breweries and backyard vignerons.

Missed Series 4 of Thirsty Work? Fret not, just  click  here to zoom directly to view on demand.