Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Dish magazine Summer 2020 Haloumi, zucchini and peach skewers I LOVE how salty and moorish haloumi is, and combined with ripe, sweet peach and fleshy zucchini, there’s really only one wine to do the business and that’s the Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2019 ($22) Pink diamond in the glass and showing pungent … Read More

Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Blistered Bread Beans and Haloumi with Tzatziki Well hang my knickers on the line and call me KZ7.  If the combination of these blistered beans and the mind-bendingly tasty Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 ($19) doesn’t have you sailing into the stratosphere then I don’t know what will.  Crisp nashi, quince and … Read More

Pask Instinct Bud Burst Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Grilled Fish with Caper and Red Onion dressing – dish magazine summer 2020 Righto.  Get your skates on to secure yourself a bottle of the new Pask Instinct Bud Burst Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($16.95) immediately.  Sauvignon blanc with fish is a no-brainer, however the piquancy of the red onion and caper dressing means you … Read More

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019 $20 If you closed your eyes in the moment you lift the glass to your nose, you’d almost smell the Mediterranean Sea.  A hint of crushed oyster shells, splashed with watermelon, raspberry and the juice of wild cherries blended with pink peppercorns assails the senses.  Grown by … Read More

Opawa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Stop. Drop. And roll a bottle of Opawa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 ($21) into your fridge, because you are gonna want to dish this out pronto when the cheese and crackers are dropped on the table.  Rich, yet refreshingly structured with apple, nashi and white pepper perkiness, this pinot gris has got “summer crowd-pleaser written … Read More

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $45 Mushroom Paté – matched in dish magazine Summer 2020 You don’t have to say mushroom paté twice to get me opening a bottle of the Black Estate Home North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 ($45).  With 75% whole berries in the 100% wild ferment (kickstarted in the … Read More

Kono Nelson Chardonnay 2018

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Kono Nelson Chardonnay 2018 $19.99 Sweetcorn fritter Bacon and Avocado burgers (paired for dish magazine Summer 2020) Holy bacon burger batman!  A sweetcorn fritter inside a burger has me absolutely in my happy place.  But give me a glass of the Kono Nelson Chardonnay 2018 ($19) and the grilled grapefruit and roast peach flavours send … Read More

Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $17 Leek and Greens Frittata (dish magazine Feb Mar 2020) Reading the list of ingredients alone (leek, turmeric, coriander, cumin, chard, spinach, kale, lemon, mint, parsley, dill and shallots etc…) had me instantly reaching for a bottle of Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($17) Why?  Because it has … Read More

Redmetal ‘The Merlot’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2000

November 1, 2019By Yvonne

Redmetal ‘The Merlot’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2000 $40 (sold out) Closing in on twenty years old, this merlot from the iron-rich, red-metal gravels of Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa Triangle district is heading into its twilight years.  I remember tasting this wine WAY back in 2004 and it was just a perky little puppy, it’s feet … Read More

Coxhead Creek Matakana Rosé 2019 $

November 1, 2019By Yvonne

Coxhead Creek Matakana Rosé 2019 $25 I love this wine!  Crafted by the crazy-talented Warren Knudsen, from 100% cabernet franc, this rosé is the real deal.  It’s incredibly concentrated, spicy, floral and deliciously dry to drink.  Crisp, focused and showing superb purity of flavour, it’s a style that I’d love to see more of from … Read More