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Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2014

August 6, 2020

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2014 $18 Golden in the glass and showing some classic dry riesling aromatics of apple and lime, toast and honey, however, it’s begun to lose its mid-palate freshness.  Broadening out in the mouth, unfortunately.  It’s an ok thing to drink, but sadly not as vibrant as I’m sure it once was. … Read More

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2015

August 6, 2020

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2015 $20 Fans of riesling that rolls on the dry side of the disco floor need to hurtle on over to the glass cabinet and pour themselves a splash of this asap.  With classic lime and creamed honey notes on the nose, on the palate it becomes lovely and lean and … Read More

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2016

August 6, 2020

Paulownia Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2016 $20 It’s a smash-up of citrus and beeswax and ripe limes drizzled with honey and mandarin juice and how good does that sound!  Probably as good as it tastes.  Four years on and it’s really beginning to come into its own with a full, creamy character in the mid-palate and … Read More

Marin Barbacoa Cariñena Garnacha Tempranillo 2017

August 4, 2020

Marin Barbacoa Cariñena Garnacha Tempranillo 2017 $19.99 Hand me my poncho, a pistol and a plucky pony and I’m roaring off into the Spanish sunset to find another bottle of this gorgeous grenache tempranillo blend. Charred and meaty and smashed with dark berries and soy, it’s a spicy, grip-around-the-gums style that’ll shiver your timbers and … Read More

Byrne Estate South Australia Chardonnay 2019

August 4, 2020

Byrne Estate South Australia Chardonnay 2019 $19.99 Lifted and lemony and prickled with grapefruit pith creaminess and a touch of almond makes for a juicy, peachy little bundle of yum in this snazzy example from South Australia.  A touch of ripe apple and rockmelon rounds out the palate nicely and ensures a complex, multi-layered finish.  … Read More

OTU Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

July 27, 2020

OTU Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $18 Aromas of lime, lemon and soft passionfruit and ripe peachy flavours abound in this wine.  It’s a lighter-styled, uncomplicated style that will reward any sauvignon fan who’s after a cleansing, quaffable sip.  Refreshing tangy and taut. For stockists visit http://www.otuwine.com  

OTU Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020

July 27, 2020

OTU Marlborough Pinot Gris 2020 $18 With the faintest of pink flecks to it, this brilliantly-bright and shiny new gris has soft pear and nashi notes on the nose and they merge with ripe citrus and peachy flavours on the palate. It’s a clean, zesty and ultra-refreshing example that’ll wow the crowds. For stockists near … Read More

Perlage Quorum Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry NV

July 24, 2020

Perlage Quorum Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry NV $28 With soft, classic prosecco aromas of rising dough, lemon brioche, toasted almonds, preserved lemon and fresh, perfectly prickly textures on the palate.  It’s a crisp, clean, classically structured sparkler with a long, lengthy, deliciously dry finish.  It’s the kind of prosecco that has depth and … Read More

Tiki Koro Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

July 21, 2020

Tiki Koro Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $34.99 Fermented in open-topped fermenters, this intensely spicy Central Otago pinot noir is one that ticks boxes if you’re a fan of spiced cherry, exotic scents, wild red notes like redcurrant, rhubarb and raspberry.  It’s juicy, multi-layered and shows refreshing acidity and a silky finish. http://wwww.tikiwine.com

Tiki Koro Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

July 20, 2020

Tiki Koro Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $34.99 Crafted by Evan Ward, this is the signature chardonnay by the team at Tiki Wines is fermented in 55% new French oak barrels before going through a full malolactic ferment to increase the creamy, nutty complexity and then a ten-month maturation period injects more toasty, smoky textures in … Read More

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

July 20, 2020

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $24.99 If you’re looking for seriously juicy chardonnay that powers pineapple, peach, citrus oils and a luscious lick of spicy, caramelised oak across your olfactories, then this is the business.  Beautifully balanced, deliciously smoky (from a full barrel ferment) and showing a raft of fresh, tropical, terrificness, cleansing … Read More

Hills & Rivers Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

July 17, 2020

Hills & Rivers Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $18.99 Well if it doesn’t just look like spun gold in the glass right?  This shiny-new release from the folk at Ash Ridge wines has well and truly James Brown’ed it and got on the good foot with grilled grapefruit, punchy, ripe peach and lemon zest zappiness.  Clearly … 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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