Peter Lehmann H & V Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Peter Lehmann H & V Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $22 Trust the team at Peter Lehmann to consistently bust out richly structured cabernet sauvignon. I loved the 2015 and the 2016 is sexier still.  It shows their smoke and vanilla signature on the nose due to the combo of French and American oak barrels it’s … Read More

Leveret Estate Library Edition Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2009

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Leveret Estate Library Edition Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2009 $28 It’s not every day that you get to taste newly-released library stock of a ten-year-old merlot cabernet blend, and I’ll tell you this for a dollar.  It’s pretty much vanilla and prune-infused perfection in a glass. Softly-styled and oozing into the bricky-red colour spectrum, it’s … Read More

Big Sky Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Big Sky Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016 $40 I love the little depiction of the Southern Cross on the label of this Katherine Jacobs and Jeremy Corban-crafted wine, it fits with the clean, unfussy image of a couple focused on maintaining fruit purity and plushness of style.  The ancient Te Muna Terraces are … Read More

Brightwater Vineyards Te Kāhu Nelson Pinot Noir 2016

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Brightwater Vineyards Te Kāhu Nelson Pinot Noir 2016 $26.99 Three years on from harvest and the wine is taking on a lovely brick-red hue and aromas that lead you down the wild side of the hedge. Named after the native harrier hawk which patrols the vineyards of Gary and Valley Neale, it’s softly savoury and … Read More

Cicada Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2018

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Cicada Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2018 $19.99 I’ve been a huge fan of this wine since I first tasted it back in 2016.  Each vintage since has been slightly different, but this 2018 version is all kinds of crispy-fresh in terms of mouthfeel, loaded with stonefruit, ginger-kissed and crammed with spice, it’s a plush, exotic style with … Read More

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $42 The Home Vineyard sits 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. The un-grafted, Mendoza-clone chardonnay vines this wine was made from were planted in 1994 and since 2010 have been grown using organic and biodynamic practices, resulting … Read More

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2015

July 17, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2015 $95 From the second the first whiff of cocoa-covered cherries, black tea, wild berries, truffle and spice assail your nostrils, you know there’s no escape from its clutches.  It’s a dense, deliciously structured, statuesque example of what Waipara is capable of.  So lush, plush and poised, it’s … Read More

Taiao Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Malbec 2015

July 17, 2019By Yvonne

Taiao Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Malbec 2015 $49.95 So deliciously decked out with dark chocolate, cherry, plum and soft pepper on the nose and palate, this exceptional wine from the Bridge Pa Triangle Winegrowing District has a deep, dark, smouldering personality, liquorice-licked layers of complexity in its statuesque structure.  Earthy, wild at heart … Read More

Churton The Abyss Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

July 17, 2019By Yvonne

Churton The Abyss Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $75 The Abyss is the highest altitude block of this organic and biodynamic producer in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley.  Backing onto a precipitous cliff, it’s also home to Churton’s oldest vines, which grow bunches exposed to the easterly sun, creating fruit with complexity and coolness.  Hints of musk, wild … Read More

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2015

July 17, 2019By Yvonne

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2015 $25 Cabernet Franc is just the sexiest wee red grape, and yet it’s very rarely made into wine on its own. Crafted by Guillaume Thomas from his tiny vineyard on the Waimarama Road, this new 2015 vintage is ultra-floral and rock-solid with spices and racy, raspberry/cranberry characters.  The … Read More