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Riverby Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

November 30, 2020

Riverby Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019 $30 This pinot might be a new release, but it tastes like it’s had a lovely, long, sleepy, snoozy time in the bottle. Classic cherry and cranberry characters leap out of the glass and wash across the palate in a ripe, plummy, berry-infused wave of flavour. It’s easy, smooth, … Read More

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Ben Morven Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

November 29, 2020

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Ben Morven Marlborough Chardonnay 2019 $28 Planted 20 years ago, this small-scale, north-facing site has been producing certified organic fruit since conversion in 2009 and certified sensational chardonnay since ages ago. Crafted by winemaker Matt Large, it’s a rich yet elegantly structured, stonefruit-and-smoke-soaked chardonnay which oozes caramelised, toasty spices and a … Read More

Claymore Superstition Reserve Clare Valley Riesling 2018

November 26, 2020

Claymore Superstition Reserve Clare Valley Riesling 2018 $29.99 Sourced from old vines growing in Watervale, one of South Australia’s premier riesling sites, this wine erupts with green apple and chalky, limestone and lemongrassy aromatics and shows lipsmackingly lime-laden dryness on the palate. Clean, crunchy-fresh and injecting a mouthwatering succulence into your smacker. http://www.winecentral.co.nz

Claymore To Pimp a Butterfly Clare Valley Shiraz Mataro 2018

November 26, 2020

Claymore To Pimp a Butterfly Clare Valley Shiraz Mataro 2018 $24 Hoist your big pants on because this is a dangerously sippable shiraz blend that’ll win friends and influence people. Bursting with blackberry and prunes dusted with cocoa and black olive brine, this is one spicy but nicey wine with soothing tannins and a lick … Read More

Claymore Voodoo Child Clare Valley Chardonnay 2018

November 26, 2020

Claymore Voodoo Child Clare Valley Chardonnay 2018 $25.99 Cast your eyes past the slightly morbid pin-sticking pic on the label and get your nose stuck inside the glass instead, then you’ll be met with a whiff of lemongrass and white peach, white pepper and lime. Grown in a non-irrigated (dry-farmed) site in Watervale in the … Read More

Colere Moutere Valley Nelson Pinot Noir 2015

November 25, 2020

Colere Moutere Valley Nelson Pinot Noir 2015 $37 Grown in the rich, Moutere clays, this pinot noir was made by Michael Glover, a winemaker completely devoted to extracting everything good from those special sites in the Nelson region that rock for pinot noir. Organically grown and shepherded into the glass, this wine has a dried … Read More

Colere Hope Valley Nelson Semillon 2016

November 25, 2020

Colere Hope Valley Nelson Semillon 2016 $25 Well if you thought you were in for a smooth and saucy time with this semillon think again because the acidity is bangaranging! Freshly baled hay, dried watercress, smashed lemongrass and peppery perfume on the nose, maturing on the palate into secondary, nutty, smoky notes. Super-dry and funkified … Read More

Claymore Wines Dark Side of the Moon Clare Valley Shiraz 2018

November 24, 2020

Claymore Wines Dark Side of the Moon Clare Valley Shiraz 2018 $29.99 Sourced from Claymore’s dry-farmed, non-irrigated Watervale and Penwortham vineyards, this is cool-climate shiraz that’s soft, elegantly structured and shows delicate berryfruit, spice and earthy intensity in the mid-palate. Impressively structured, fine-grained tannins, a smoke and graphite-like core, white pepper and blueberry complexity and … Read More

Colere SolEra Marlborough Pinot Blanc-Pinot Gris NV

November 24, 2020

Colere SolEra Marlborough Pinot Blanc-Pinot Gris NV $33 Gorgeously golden in the glass, this blend of pinot gris and pinot blanc comes from the Kerner Vineyard, one of New Zealand’s most renown vineyard sites. So how has it been constructed? Essentially winemaker Julian Richards has cleverly blended one-barrel of 2012 Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc Blanc with … Read More

Bald Hills Last Light Single Vineyard Central Otago Riesling 2018

November 23, 2020

$28 If winemaker Pete Bartle ever makes a riesling that isn’t exceptionally balanced and beautiful then I want to know about it. Sourced from a single hectare of vines grown in the Bald Hills Bannockburn site that are planted in such a way as to soak up the very last rays of the late afternoon … Read More

Paynter’s The Pict Pear Cider

November 21, 2020

Paynter’s The Pict Pear Cider 330ml $88.90 (24 x 330ml btls) New from multi-award-winning cider producers, this pear-predominant sip has a decent splash of cider apples in the mix as well. So you get all pungent pear intensity on the nose and palate yet the ripe apple injection creates a tropical burst of flavour that’s … Read More

Bostock Wines Vicki’s Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

November 21, 2020

Bostock Wines Vicki’s Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $50 I deliberately left this wine for a year from release to taste it because from what I’d read about how it was made, I figured a little time would really elevate things immensely. Sometimes I do actually have ideas that work out for the best because … 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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