Jacob’s Creek Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

July 3, 2011By Yvonne

Jacob’s Creek Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $21 * * * ½ Dried herbs, ripe plum, sweet cocoa, wild mint and a vein of smoky, cedary, spiciness will wash across your tastebuds as soon as you sip this gutsy red.  The acidity is fresh and the tannins quite chewy, which bodes well for those of … Read More

Kate Radburnd Sun Kissed Pinot Gris 2010

July 3, 2011By Yvonne

Kate Radburnd Sun Kissed Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2010 $18 * * * ½ A delicious aromatic combination of quince and spiced custard apple and in the mouth it’s tropical yet dry and textural with an edge of peachy complexity on the finish. Superb with stir-fried garlic prawns on Vietnamese salad. www.kateradburnd.co.nz  

Fromm Vineyard La Strada Marlborough Chardonnay

July 3, 2011By Yvonne

Fromm Vineyard La Strada Marlborough Chardonnay 2008 $32 * * * * * A delicious aromatic combination of custard squares brandy snaps and tropical brulée notes. In the mouth it has incredible freshness and weight with an edge of hazelnutty complexity on the back palate. A stunning, lengthy finish makes it chardonnay perfection.www.frommwinery.co.nz  

Thirsty Work Teaser

June 10, 2011By Yvonne

A tiki tour around New Zealand to meet the hard-working and occasionally slightly mad characters that are responsible for the drinks that I love so much. Its thirsty work, but some-one’s gotta do it!

Fair suck of the sav’ mate!

June 9, 2011By Yvonne

New Zealand wines banned from entering leading Australian wine shows… In a case of fair suck of the sav’, some of New Zealand’s leading wineries have been refused permission to enter their wines in the upcoming Royal Hobart Wine Show according to an article written by Giles Hine of www.tizwine.com. Royal Hobart’s reason for their … Read More

Black Barn Tukituki Sauvignon Blanc

June 7, 2011By Yvonne

Black Barn Tukituki Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $25 * * * Lengthy, lean and scented with soft green herbs and lime on the nose, this Hawke’s Bay sauvignonis bone dry and has impressive minerality which makes for an elegant, ultimately drinkable drop. www.blackbarn.com  

Alpha Domus The Navigator

June 7, 2011By Yvonne

Alpha Domus The Navigator 2004 $25 ***** The fact that this wine is only $25 a bottle astounds me. It is one of Hawkes Bay’s most popular Bordeaux blends and after one sip it’s glaringly obvious as to why. It’s almost a crime to have this wine shut away in a bottle – there should … Read More

Ata Rangi Petrie

June 7, 2011By Yvonne

Ata Rangi Petrie Chardonnay (Wairarapa) 2008 $27 ****1/2 A lovely, clean chardonnay that in addition to hints of nutmeg, grapefruit pith and shortbread on the nose, has juicy stonefruit flavours, bracing acidity and minerality on the palate and a slippery-smooth nutty finish.  If you’re a scallop wrapped in bacon I’d be very afraid…  

Ata Rangi Craighall

June 7, 2011By Yvonne

Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2007 $40 ***** Like a chrysanthemum unfolding a hundred perfect petals, this wine opens up a whole new world for your tastebuds as it oozes ripe grapefruit, toasty oak and concentrated mealy, peachy flavours.  Made from old Martinborough vines, the Craighall cements itself as one of New Zealand’s Super Classics – … Read More

Alana Estate Chardonnay

May 28, 2011By Yvonne

Alana Estate Chardonnay 2007 $42.00 ***** Alana Estate, where have you been all my life?  This Martinborough chardonnay has delicious aromas of ripe peach, buttered toast, juicy grapefruit and as soon as I sipped it I fell in love.  Satisfying and rich with a silky fresh texture in the mouth and incredible persistence of flavour.  … Read More