Rockburn ‘The Art’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

September 30, 2012By Yvonne

Rockburn ‘The Art’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 $80 ★★★★★ Deep and brooding in the glass, it oozes sweet black tea, black cherry and spice while in the mouth it reveals a peacocks-tail of flavours redolent of dried herbs, succulent plum and cocoa characters. It’s a masculine yet elegant wine with real finesse, tension and a … Read More

Pinot at Cloudy Bay and Pinot to Ponder…

September 30, 2012By Yvonne

After more than ten years of trying without success to get a seat at the annual Pinot at Cloudy Bay event I was beginning to think it was just my destiny to forever fail.  The first year I was about to pop my cheque in the post when the phone rang.  “Congratulations, you’re pregnant,” announced … Read More

Try a kiwi version of a Spanish classic with Rick Stein’s Stew…

September 26, 2012By Yvonne

Rick Stein’s Spain on FoodTV   (new to food tv) TUESDAYS 12.30pm, 4.30pm & 8.30pm  Much as I love my father and my stepfather, for years I’ve harboured hope that one day my mother would marry Rick Stein.  His manner is always so warm and effortlessly cheerful and there’s just something about him that makes you … Read More

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Merlot 2010

September 24, 2012By Yvonne

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Merlot 2010 $21 ★★★½ This has such a gorgeous aroma, boysenberry, plum with a waft of espresso – while in the mouth it is ripe, juicy and very very drinkable.  Merlot from Marlborough is looking rather marvelous indeed!  www.saintclair.co.nz  

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2011

September 24, 2012By Yvonne

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2011 $43 ★★★★ Sourced from one of the most spectacularly scenic vineyards in the Martinborough region comes this shiny new pinot which is already showing excellent depth of flavour for one so young.  Sexy and fragrant with hints of mace, truffle, hedgerow fruits and cherry while in the … Read More

Mills Reef Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2011

September 24, 2012By Yvonne

      Mills Reef Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2011 $18 ★★★★ This is an absolute plum and spice fest in a glass.  Loaded with bright berry fruit and yet it’s also very smooth, chocolatey, with a hint of liquorice which is followed by a warming, meaty mouthfeel. Great value. www.millsreef.co.nz

Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2007

September 24, 2012By Yvonne

2007 Te Mata Cape Crest $30 (★★★★★) is sublime and then some.  Delicious toasty notes on the nose combine with elderflower, freshly milled timber and crushed herb characters all followed by a burst of white peach and lime and finished with harmonious, honeysuckle-like loveliness.  Delicate and minerally with a seam of coconut and lime pannacotta running … Read More

Sauvignon Fans Ahoy!

September 24, 2012By Yvonne

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week or so would you have missed the news that The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 by Marisco Vineyards won the International Trophy for ‘Best in Show Sauvignon Blanc Under £10’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London.  This is good news for two reasons, … Read More

Invercargill Brewery Pitch Black Imperial Stout

September 24, 2012By Yvonne

Invercargill Brewery Pitch Black Imperial Stout 9% 330ml $8 If you’re a fan of their 4.5% Pitch Black stout then you’ll no doubt be crowing “Amazeballs!” from the rooftops when you try this re-worked, double strength version.  They’ve doubled the original recipe and halved the water which meant the mash got stuck and then after the … Read More

Cloudy Bay Aroma Wine Garden Created to Savour Scarce Vintage

September 21, 2012By Yvonne

The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is classic Cloudy Bay. Lifted and punchy aromatics presented in an elegant and sophisticated fashion, the 2012 vintage has great balance and poise, showing a delicious core of lime-­‐citrus flavour and a fresh, crisp acid structure. 25% less Sauvignon Blanc was produced in Marlborough this year due to the lowest temperature … Read More