Black Stilt Waitaki Valley Riesling 2014 $22 (3.5 stars)

Waitaki sits on the border of North Otago and South Canterbury, and it’s one of the most remote and raw parts of the country.  It has a kind of other-worldly feel to it, and the quality of the wines that come from the lime-laden soils of Richie McCaw country have power, purity and personality to […]

Veuve Laperrière Brut Rose NV $17 (4 stars)

If you prefer your rosé to froth and fizz, then this is going to seriously float your boat.  Created in France’s Loire (“loo-aah”) Valley, this is a super-smooth, berries-and-cream-crammed wine that has really seductive mouthfeel.  There’s a squeak of sweetness and spice, alongside a rich, slightly nutty finish.  Richly structured, it’s a real crowd-pleaser and […]

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Rosé 2017 $29 (4.5 stars)

If alien beings arrived from outer space, held weapons to your head and demanded know in 5 seconds flat what New Zealand’s most famous rosé was, you’d best yell out “Stolen Kiss” or you’re custard.  It’s a sweetly fruity pink treat with a creaming soda, candy floss, raspberry, nectarine and toffee apple tone to it.  […]

Hunter’s MiruMiru Methode Traditionelle Brut NV $28.90 (5 stars)

From the first sniff and sip, you’ll completely understand why this is one of the most highly awarded sparkling wines in the country and a much-loved favourite of mine. Generous and lush, with rising dough and smoky aromatics,  stonefruit and citrus wash across the palate leaving a rich creamy, textural finish.  It’s fresh, stylish and […]

Hunter’s MiruMiru Reserve 2013 $49.90 (5 stars)

I adore the biscuit-like aromas of this absolute aristocrat.  The almond meal, rising dough notes and serious mid-palate richness in every sip make this a hugely satisfying wine that’s not only long and flavoursome, but also shows real finesse and delicacy.  There’s a creamy cashew and lemon-like complexity in this 60% pinot noir 40% chardonnay […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 23 Sept 2017 – sparkling wines

Hunter’s of bubbles… If you stopped someone random in the street and asked them to name New Zealand’s top sparkling wine brands in ten seconds flat –I reckon they’d be able to rattle off the big commercial names, the Lindauer’s, Morton’s, Daniel Le Brun’s, maybe Deutz and Cloudy Bay and then they’d probably begin to […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 16 Sept 2017

I have a pretty decent relationship with our family cat. She is collectively ‘owned’, so I’m not allowed to refer to her as ‘my’ cat. Even though it’s me that gets her forearms shredded by her claws every few months when attempting to stuff her into a catbox for a vet visit. It’s me that […]

Hunter’s Unoaked Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $18.99 (4 stars)

It’s funny how if you put the word “un” in front of something, then people assume it’s going to be lacking. However this heavenly little peachy creature from Hunters hits all the right spots. Juicy nectarine and grapefruity goodness, loaded with lemon and packed with pineapple-powered punch. Great weight and refreshing texture means it’s darn […]

Mills Reef Bespoke Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2015 ($39.99)

After decades of delivering some of New Zealand’s most highly awarded wines, Tim Preston and his team have decided to let loose with the creative juices and put together some wines/blends that differ from their mainstream range. This blend of 63% cabernet sauvignon and 27% cabernet franc has a heft of dried herbs, pepper and […]

Astrolabe Farm Marlborough Riesling 2016 ($23) 4 stars

This wine smells just like you’ve walked into an orchard growing lemons on one side and apples on the other. So intense yet so delicate and the palate reflects exactly that. But I’d expect nothing less however from Simon Waghorn, winemaker extraordinaire and all-round riesling rockstar. Crafted from his home farm vineyard in Marlborough’s Grovetown […]

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