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Pask Declaration Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2019

February 24, 2021

Pask Declaration Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2019 $39.99 Only made when the fruit is absolutely perfect, this shiny new Declaration well and truly shouts from the clouds that its here to make friends so come on over! Scented with lemon brioche, almond meal, nectarine and soft, grapefruit-pith perfection on the palate, it’s elegant, ultra-fresh, delicately styled … Read More

Urlar The Mediator Gladstone White NV

February 24, 2021

Urlar The Mediator Gladstone White NV $19.99 This blend of 54% pinot gris, 20% viogner, 16% chardonnay, 5% riesling and 5% sauvignon blanc is harmony and balance in a bottle – hence why it’s been called The Mediator. Organically, biodynamically crafted by the phases of the moon, it’s lemongrassy, lime and apple-scented style that bursts … Read More

Junction Body And Soul Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2012

February 18, 2021

Junction Body And Soul Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2012 $36 90% new French oak was used to mature this, the signature wine of the Ashworth family, grown in their vineyard located at the junction of State Highway 2 and the mighty State Highway 50. Eleven years on from harvest and the wine has morphed … Read More

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

February 18, 2021

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $40 Hand harvested into 26 separate batches which were all kept completely apart until the final blend, this wine is an ode to the oft-forgotten men and women in relationships with winemakers, who spend weeks every year barely seeing them while the harvest is rolling. Bright and … Read More

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

February 18, 2021

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $40 Sourced from two vineyards in Bannockburn, their Defiance site on Felton Rd and their Domain Road site, the grapes are lovingly watched over by Fiona Johnson before being handpicked, destemmed into stainless steel, fermented then aged in French oak barriques (30% new) for around 10 months. The … Read More

Hawkshead Private Blend Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

February 17, 2021

Hawkshead Private Blend Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $44 William Swainson, Fellow of the Royal Society, was a natural history scholar and a naturalist who arrived in New Zealand in 1841. Hawkshead was the name of his first home here, and when his descendant Denis Marshall(ex-Minister of Conservation, Minister of Lands, and Associate Minister of … Read More

Saint Clair Pioneer Block3 43 Degrees Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

February 17, 2021

Saint Clair Pioneer Block3 43 Degrees Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $28.90 If you could describe sauvignon blanc as being ‘silky’ then I’d be doing it as soon as you sip this new release from the sauvignon blanc braniac’s at Saint Clair. Sourced from a vineyard owned by Mark and Kate O’Sullivan that’s planted with rows … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Rosé 2020

February 17, 2021

Main Divide North Canterbury Rosé 2020 $20.99 The label describes this wine as being crafted from the ‘free run juice from a unique assemblage of varieties’, which means that a little bit of the first juice to run out of the press (delicate, fruity, high quality) from different grapes when they’re harvested, have been used … Read More

Crab Farm Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

February 17, 2021

Crab Farm Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $23 Since 1987, the Jardine family have been growing grapes and making wine in their crab skeleton riddled site in Bay View in Napier. Those mineral rich soils are superb for chardonnay, and this new release carries buckets of ripe peach and honeydew melon skyward to the nose and … Read More

Crab Farm Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

February 16, 2021

Crab Farm Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 $23 Seriously golden in the glass, this chardonnay oozes scorched peach, roasted almonds, vanilla high notes and a soft edge of pineapple on the finish. There’s a lick of butterscotch and spice, refreshing acidity and a creamy, textural backbone. A hint of popcorn, apricot, soft pepper and nougat notes. … Read More

Maison Noire Home Block Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2019

February 16, 2021

Maison Noire Home Block Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2019 $28 Sourced from their tiny vineyard located high up on the Waimarama Road, this is a local take on a French favourite grape from the Loire Valley. This is Cabernet Franc crafted in a softer, more restrained style than most with fine-grained astringency in the mid-palate. … Read More

Maison Noire Single Vineyard Paki Paki Chardonnay 2020

February 16, 2021

Maison Noire Single Vineyard Paki Paki Chardonnay 2020 $28 Just 75 cases were produced of this uber-refreshing chardonnay which is grown in the deep, limestone-laden soils of Hawke’s Bay’s Paki Paki sub-region, just south of Hastings. With its lifted almond, peach and lemon aromatics and creamy, softly oaky mid-palate and saturation of citrus on the … 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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