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Joie De Vivre Hawke’s Bay Summer Rosé 2020

October 28, 2020

Joie De Vivre Hawke’s Bay Summer Rosé 2020 $24.99 Made by Cam Duke, local-yet-internationally-experienced-rosé-o-rama-obsessive winemaker, this gets the Yvonne Lorkin award for Best Wine Bottles Featuring Seahorses, Butterflies, Frogs, Cherries, Pomegranate, Bees, Birds and even Nemo.  Crafted from predominantly merlot, it’s a stonefruit and citrus fest edged with a dusting of white pepper. Taut, punchy … Read More

Whitehaven Marlborough Riesling 2018

October 28, 2020

Whitehaven Marlborough Riesling 2018 $21.99 While it says on the back label that it’s made in a ‘dry’ style, it actually has a squeak of sweetness which accentuates the soft apple and lime notes in this refreshing wine. It’s quaffably tasty, not overly complex, but will work nicely with classic butter chicken or sweet and … Read More

OTU Otuwhero Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2020

October 28, 2020

OTU Otuwhero Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2020 $20 While the OTU winery resides in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, they’ve opted to head north to source fruit for their 2020 rosé. The result is a dry, full-bodied style with a peppery edge and a taut, pomegranate-like palate. The texture is a teensy bit chewy in the mid-palate … Read More

Yealands Reserve Marlborough Rosé 2020

October 28, 2020

Yealands Reserve Marlborough Rosé 2020 $22.95 While it might look pale and pretty, this rosé has a lot going on and most of it is good. Watermelon, raspberry and cherry notes plump out the fruit character, however, there’s a slight bitterness on the finish which, if you like a bit of rough, is fine, however … Read More

Riverby Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

October 28, 2020

Riverby Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $22 If you’re a fan of the classic crushed herb character that good Marlborough sauvignon blanc is famous for, then this will be your box of biscuits indeed. Tropical tones, lemongrass layers and a tweak of tomato stalk make this a good example of the style and one that’s … Read More

Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2020

October 28, 2020

Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 $21 Not only is this rosé super-pretty in the glass, think Jazz apple aromatics, but cherry and redcurrant characters also burst forth as well. Crisp, crunchy-fresh and chilled-down its got summer afternoon written all over it. http://www.whitehaven.co.nz

Indian wine from Grover Zampa in New Zealand

October 27, 2020

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if there were any decent wines coming out of India that were available in New Zealand, I’d be off down the TAB and putting a hundred for the win by the long shot on the next 3200m at Matamata. Happily the good folk at … Read More

Loveblock Tee Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

October 19, 2020

Loveblock Tee Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $26.99 Straight out the gate this is unlike any sauvignon blanc I’ve tasted recently.  Perfumed with lemon verbena, lemongrass, soft herbaceousness and a whisker of marzipan, on the palate it’s crunchy-fresh and flinty, edged with green apple, white nectarine and mandarin. It’s a fun, frisky, flavoursome new release from … Read More

Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Marlborough Rosé 2020

October 13, 2020

Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Marlborough Rosé 2020 $20.49 Boasting the most perfect pink diamond colour, it’s like a liquid version of JLo, Beyoncé and Mariah’s engagement rings. While this Southern stunner might hail from Marlborough, each sip catapults you to the island of Corsica in Southern France, which is where winemaker David Clouston honed … Read More

Zaria Hawke’s Bay Malbec Rosé 2020

October 11, 2020

Zaria Hawke’s Bay Malbec Rosé 2020 $21 Whenever Bryce Edmonds at Zaria releases a new vintage rosé I’m all over it like an Augustine kimono (particularly if said kimono was in this outrageously pretty ruby hue). Made from Malbec grown in the deep, red gravels of the Bridge Pa Triangle, this new release screams style … Read More

CONGRATULATIONS RHYS HALL! 2020 CORTEVA NZ YOUNG VITICULTURIST OF THE YEAR

October 9, 2020

Rhys Hall announced as 2020 Corteva NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year Congratulations to Rhys Hall who became the 2020 Corteva NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year on 8th October.  Hall was representing Marlborough and is Assistant Vineyard Manager at Indevin’s Bankhouse. Congratulations also to Sam Bain from Constellation Brands who came second and George … Read More

On Giants’ Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay 2018

October 7, 2020

On Giants’ Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay 2018 $40 Hands up if you just feel like sipping on a slippery, softly-styled, elegant-as-all-getout chardonnay that doesn’t leave you scraping the sawdust and butterscotch out of your mouth after every sip? This 2018 vintage from Braden and Gabrielle Crosby’s tiny, non-irrigated vineyard in Martinborough is wild-fermented, supremely smooth, styled … 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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