Wine column week commencing 15th July, 2017

Can this winter just go take a flying leap into see-you-laterville please?  My back lawn is no better than a bog right now, and it’s so soggy there’s no chance of getting the lawnmower across it before spring I reckon.  Even the worms are lining up at the back door to get inside to where […]

Pask Small Batch Wild Yeast Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $25

Kate Radburnd and her team at Pask decided to get jiggy on it with the wild yeasts during the 2016 harvest and this snazzy little sip is the result.  People often think if indigenous yeasts are used, the wine is going to smell and taste a tad funky, however this is a dangerously drinkable, clean, […]

Canvas column week commencing 8th July, 2017

Lionel Ritchie once sang “You’re once, twice; three times a chardonnay…and I luuuuuurve you”.  In my happy place they’re the right lyrics ok…   Domaine Bernard Defaix Cuvee Vielle Vigne Chablis 2014 $53 Get ready, get set and go to a happy place of intense lemony, chalky notes that sit up and shout “Oi! I’m […]

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Ake Ake Preservative Free Northland Merlot 2016 $30

“We basically just guide the wine from grape to bottle with as little interference as possible” says Ake Ake’s winemaker, John Clarke.  Totally inexperienced when he bought the property in 2004, he went to the library and borrowed some books on how to grow grapes and make wine.  Many medals later, he owns Northland’s only […]

The Family Company Gisborne Viognier 2015 $25

When art dealer Gene Walker married Gisborne-based clothes designer and café owner Chelsea Thorpe, little did he know that soon he’d be in business making wine with her dad.  The Family Company are now one of Gisborne’s most exciting producers, crafting viognier (vee-yon-yay) perfumed with apricots, cardamom, jasmine and orange oil and showing ripe peach […]

Fox by John Belsham Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $26

This is a classic ‘berries and cream’ pinot noir, packed with pomegranate, red cherry and raspberry on the nose and palate.  However there’s also this really curious aroma of roasting pan juices and savoury, spicy notes in the background, all followed by a wave of super-fruitiness again on the finish.  It’s a lithe, luscious pinot […]

Canvas column week commencing 1st July, 2017

At Wine-a-Palooza, these quirky performers would definitely be tucked away on the Lilypad stage next to people playing with fire pois, devil sticks and hacky-sacks…   Fox by John Belsham Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $26 This is a classic ‘berries and cream’ pinot noir, packed with pomegranate, red cherry and raspberry on the nose and […]

Jules Taylor Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2016 $21.90

With its seductive aromas of ambrosia apple, winter cole pear, caramelized quince, custard apple and peaches, this gorgeous little groo-vee is tangy, crisp and packs a squeak of sunshine into these chilly afternoons.  Edged with a dusting of white pepper and crushed seashells, it’s an excellent local example of an Austrian native. Sip with: sweetbreads […]

Canvas column week commencing 24th June, 2017

Gruner.  Pinot.  Malbec.  So different, so darn tasty, so definitely your weekend…   Jules Taylor Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2016 $21.90 With its seductive aromas of ambrosia apple, winter cole pear, caramelized quince, custard apple and peaches, this gorgeous little groo-vee is tangy, crisp and packs a squeak of sunshine into these chilly afternoons.  Edged with […]

Sugar Loaf Marlborough Riesling 2016 $20

This such a lovely riesling I just had to tell you about it pronto! Crafted by genius young winemaker Kate Acland, this deliciously juicy riesling has a splash of natural sweetness, luscious lime and crunchy granny smith apple characters. This is modern Marlborough riesling at it’s best. Beautifully structured and ultra zesty, it’s one of […]

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