Gomersal Wines Barossa Valley 2017 Vintage Fortified Shiraz

Gomersal Wines Barossa Valley 2017 Vintage Fortified Shiraz (price tbc) I don’t know about you, but I don’t get to sip fortified shiraz every day – but after tasting this from 131-year-old Gomersal Wines, I’m on the hunt for more!  Deliciously comforting cocoa, Christmas pudding spices and cough drop characters sneak through on the nose, […]

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Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018 If the words ‘crazy whites’ conjures up Trumpy connotations, quickly rejig the phrase to ‘crazy good whites’ and you’ll calmly enter the world of this weeks’ wines… Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Viognier 2015 $48  I first sipped this wine while listening to the album Raising Sand, by Robert […]

French Peak Banks Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016

French Peak Banks Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016 $30  Beautifully aromatic, floral and perfumed with exotic spices and hints of wild game, cherry cola, juicy redcurrant and even has that flavour of those red, loveheart lollies that you buy in a classic pick n mix selection. Super-complex and ready to rumble! www.frenchpeakwines.com  

French Peak Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

French Peak Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017 $30 Golden in the glass and powdery complexity and quincey characters, fresh apple and intensely dry.  Edged with white pepper and minerally, licking wet stones texture to it.  Bracing and bouncy, but seriously dry – so it’ll appeal to those who like wines that rip across the gums and […]

Chain of Ponds The Cachet Adelaide Hills 2013 $100AU

Chain of Ponds The Cachet Adelaide Hills 2013 $100AU This outrageously sippable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz & Merlot crafted by winemaker Greg Clack is so morishly meaty, savoury and loaded with black olive, graphite and iodine notes that it’s practically unputdownable.  Well-tuned oak and a gloriously smoky character injects incredible layers of complexity and […]

Tamari Mendoza Malbec 2016 $15.99

Tamari Mendoza Malbec 2016 $15.99 The native language of the Mendoza region in Argentina is knows as ‘Huarpe’ and in that language, Tamari means ‘to be passionate’.  I tell you what, after a glass or two of this meaty little malbec then you’ll be feeling more than a little amorous I’m sure.  Smooth, velvety and […]

Mills Reef Bespoke Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $34.95

Mills Reef Bespoke Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $34.95 I LOVE the burst of grilled grapefruit, poached peach, hints of struck match and tangy, smoky notes on the nose and a lovely complex, juicy, cashew and bacony loveliness.  Fresh and fabulously funky, it’s a lipsmackingly good example.  The team at Mills Reef are chardonnay nuts and it […]

Crossroads Milestone Series Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $17.50

Crossroads Milestone Series Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $17.50  A tangy, taut, trop-fest is about to hurl itself across your tastebuds.  Think pineapple, mango, a lick of lemon and a grapefruity kick brings the citrus into gear which holds all the flavours buoyant in the mouth.  A layer of toasted crumpet character indicates nicely managed oak […]

Silver Wing Nada Preservative Free Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 $27.99

Silver Wing Nada Preservative Free Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 $27.99  Produced without SO2 in the most natural way possible by winemaker Andrew Fox.  Wild fermented and unfiltered (hence the strawberry juice haze in the glass), this rosé has a snappy, spritzig texture and super-fresh acidity and length.  Organically produced and one of the freshest, friskiest, fruitiest […]

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $14.99 (2.5 stars) There’s a brisk burst of beeswax and manuka honey on the nose and palate indicating some botrytis infection in the wine, but that adds complexity to the wine.  Dry and spicy, it boasts the ususal suspects of pear and quince, but fails to deliver generosity in the […]

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