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Dunstan Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

November 20, 2019

Dunstan Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $36 I get so excited when I see a new pinot noir release from Dunstan Road, because they have a signature freshness and florality and buckets of perky spices.  Cherry, redcurrant, cranberry flavours are followed by fresh mushroom and delicately spicy notes make it a total delight to … Read More

Dunstan Road Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

November 20, 2019

Dunstan Road Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018 $25 Hand’s down this is one of the best pinot gris I’ve tasted all year.  Delicately scented with nashi, white peach and notes of nana’s bathroom cupboard (talc, coldcream, lavendr), while on the palate it is plush with pear, poached quince, honeysuckle and soft spices.  The acidity dances … Read More

Aurum Organic Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

November 12, 2019

Aurum Organic Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $28 Gorgeous fresh-cut apple, pear and quince and strudel notes, it has richness and weight and general all-round deliciousness, so punchy and rich and powerful. Peach, perky perfection. LOVE it!! Here’s something you can announce in front of your friends as you pour this wine. “The soils in … Read More

Junction Corner Post Central Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

November 11, 2019

Junction Corner Post Central Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $29 Winemaker Leith Ashworth is really hitting his straps with this sensational chardonnay, grown on the Takapau Plains in Central Hawke’s Bay.  Robust, roast peach, grilled grapefruit, toasted almond and smoke-soaked aromas and flavours erupt from the glass and the wine also offers something new in every … Read More

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

November 11, 2019

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 ($29) Pad Thai Noodles paired in CANVAS Sat Nov 16 2019 If the winemaking team knew just how good the Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 ($29) was with Pad Thai, they’d be off down the local BYO pretty much every lunchtime.  Clean, mineral-driven aromas, with a squeak of … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017

November 11, 2019

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017 ($30) Ginger Pork and Peanut Stir Fry – paired in CANVAS Nov 16 2019 I’m a sucker for bold, ballsy, aromatic white wines with any dishes where fresh ginger is the hero, which is why the shiny, new Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017 ($30) perfectly shivers my timbers … Read More

Brookfields Reserve Vintage 2019 Cabernet Merlot 2015

November 11, 2019

Steak sandwiches – paired in dish Summer 2020 If you are paying strict attention to the condition of your steaks for these sandwiches, you’d want to have a darn lovely red wine to nuzzle alongside them, right?  That’s where the Brookfields Reserve Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Merlot 2015 ($59) sneaks up and snares you from the … Read More

Vidal Soler Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

November 11, 2019

Quick seafood stew – matched in dish Magazine 2019 Straight away I’m hurling myself toward a ripe, rumpty, roasty, toasty, slightly smoky chardonnay to chip away at whilst sampling this sensational stew.  The Vidal Soler Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 ($34.99) has a rich, smoky tone layered with citrus and caramelized spices, a heavyweight amongst its … Read More

Mahi Boundary Farm Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

November 11, 2019

Paired with this recipe from dish magazine Summer 2020 Cajun crispy fried mussels    If you’re the person who says they love sauvignon blanc, but only buys the stuff that’s on special for under $15 then listen up. If you can possibly stretch, possibly by sneakily withholding cash to buy the Mahi Boundary Farm Marlborough … Read More

Pyramid Valley Marlborough Chardonnahy 2018

November 11, 2019

Paired with this recipe from dish magazine Summer 2020 Crayfish Grilled with Miso Butter, Spring Onions, Sesame Seeds and Coriander I cannot even express to you the joy that envelops me every time I’m lucky enough to eat fresh crayfish.  Fresh crayfish with a glass of taut, robust, citrus-centric and toasty chardonnay puts me in … Read More

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

November 11, 2019

Paired in dish magazine Summer 2020 Barbequed beer-can chicken Ahoy chardonnay squealers!  You’re gonna be wanting to know about the groovy and gorgeously tasty Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 ($41.99) because it’s finger-lickin’ with this chicken. The style oozes grilled citrus, layers of caramelised, spicy oak, creamy complexity and has a long, elegant, … Read More

Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

November 10, 2019

Dish magazine Summer 2020 Haloumi, zucchini and peach skewers I LOVE how salty and moorish haloumi is, and combined with ripe, sweet peach and fleshy zucchini, there’s really only one wine to do the business and that’s the Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2019 ($22) Pink diamond in the glass and showing pungent … 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.

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