Waimarie Huapai Syrah 2014

July 4, 2020By Yvonne

Waimarie Huapai Syrah 2014 $140 per doz  Crafted by winemaker Steve Nobilo, this wine is dedicated to the memory of his grandparents, the late Nikola and Zuva Nobilo, and it was grown on theoriginal vineyard site of the Nobilo family in Huapai, West Auckland and made together with his uncle Mark.  It’s perfumed with classic … Read More

Te Aotea Vineyard South Kaipara Angels Malbec 2014

July 4, 2020By Yvonne

Te Aotea Vineyard South Kaipara Angels Malbec 2014 Made from a single barrel of 100% biodynamically-grown malbec by Stephen Nobilo in the South Kaipara, it’s quite a unique and lovely wine. Dark, glossy and boasting gorgeous aromas not unlike a chocolate and raspberry lamington (coconut, vanilla, chocolate and berry coulis characters)  The palate is elegantly … Read More

Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

July 4, 2020By Yvonne

Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $49 Woah.  This new vintage of Bristol Farm by winemaker Brendan Seal, is quite the different beast to later years. It’s very savoury, earth-driven, with aromas of rain on a freshly-ploughed paddock.  Cherry, berry and soft raspberry characters make themselves known and replicate on the palate.  Soft, velvety … Read More

Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

July 4, 2020By Yvonne

Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $49 (yet to be released) Imagine a bowl full of rhubarb, redcurrants, smashed cherries and wild thyme, and you’ve pretty much got the entire aromatic spectrum of this wine.  On the palate it is beautifully balanced, with the ripe fruit merging with layers of earthy, truffle and spice … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019

July 2, 2020By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019 $20.90 Paired with Sticky braised chicken with star anise, ginger and chilli in Issue 92 of dish Magazine The Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019 ($20.90) is the knees of the bees with this spice-heavy, sticky-braised bird and you need to try it tout suite! Perfumed with lanolin, ginger, … Read More

Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018

July 2, 2020By Yvonne

Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018 $25 Paired with Vegetable Shepherds Pie in Issue 92 of dish Magazine Take the vegetable love a step further by sipping the certified vegan Moana Park Gimblett Road Merlot Malbec 2018 ($25) with this pie perfection. Fleshy, ripe and rolling with robust berry and spice flavours, this warming, … Read More

Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

July 2, 2020By Yvonne

Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $49 Paired with Rustic glazed meatloaf (lamb and pork) in Issue 92 of dish Magazine As Michelle of The Resistance in ‘Allo ‘Allo, would say “Leesen vary carefooly, ah weeel say zeez ernly wonce”.  The Bristol Farm Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 ($49)  has just the perfect smorgasbord … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018

July 1, 2020By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2018 $24.95 Paul Dawick and Tim Preston are the crack team of talent behind Mills Reef, and merlot is their monster truck when it comes to wines that plough across your tastebuds and leave a deep, palate imprint.  Dark, inky, glossy and erupting with exotic 5spice notes, plum, cherry, … Read More

Famille Hugel Classic Alsace Pinot Gris 2017

June 30, 2020By Yvonne

Famille Hugel Classic Alsace Pinot Gris 2017 $42.99 Prior to 2017 this iconic Alsace producer (based in Riquewihr) was known as Hugel et Fils, however the Hugel family opted to start referring to their company as Famille Hugel, to acknowledge the incredible 13 generations of family winemaking since it was founded in 1639.  1639! Their … Read More

Domaine Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018

June 30, 2020By Yvonne

Domaine Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018 $44.99 If you never thought chardonnay could be soothing, cooling and chamomile-steeped, then treat your tonsils to this delicious example from Drouhin.  Pronounced ‘Dru-hahn’, this wine’s green-tinged acidity makes it minerally and mouthwatering and there’s a soft, creamy, leesy layer that brings it right back into a classic Chablis … Read More