Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column for Sat 17th March 2018

The grapes harvest has kicked in across the land. We, hand on heart, wish our winemakers God speed and good luck in this time of anguish and turmoil… Church Road Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017 $16 Crafted from a blend of Hawke’s Bay merlot and syrah by the scarily talented Chris Scott and his winemaking team, […]

Church Road Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017 $16

Crafted from a blend of Hawke’s Bay merlot and syrah by the scarily talented Chris Scott and his winemaking team, this rosé is generous, juicy and heaving with cherry, berry, creaming soda characters and a finish so long they give you a ‘thank you for participating’ medal. Tangy-fresh and frisky. Sip with: Seared tuna, melon […]

Lake Hayes Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $29.95

This is a snazzy southern pinot packed with cherry, baking spices, raspberry and tamarillo characters that batta bing with bold tannins to create a deliciously chewy texture and a long, fruit-soaked finish. Sip with: roast venison and pickled blueberries. www.blackmarket.co.nz

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $35

If someone held a gun to your head and demanded you name one of New Zealand’s most highly awarded sauvignon blanc’s or it’s curtains – then best you whip out Wairau Reserve. The current release is a cracker. Lemongrass, passionfruit, zesty citrus, sugarsnap pea, white pepper and capsicum characters lead to a luscious, lime-induced glass […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat March 17 2018

My eldest daughter turned 18 recently and I had the notion that maybe we’d each enjoy a glass of something glamourous to celebrate. We were now both grown up ladies after all. I splashed out on Champagne, popped it in the fridge and asked her later that day if she’d like to have a glass. […]

Giesen Single Vineyard Selection Ridge Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 $62 (4.5 stars)

This is a sleeping giant of a wine, newly released and stirring slowly. I love the ruby colour and aromas of blackberry bush, rosehip tea, wild cherry and cocoa. To drink, it’s gently unfurling, revealing forest floor and leafy lushness. Crushed red currants, violets and baking spices on the palate lead to vibrant, agile tannins […]

Giesen Single Vineyard Selection Clayvin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $56.99 (5 stars)

Fact. Clayvin is the most famous pinot noir vineyard in the country and it’s now lovingly looked after by Marcel Giesen. Perfumed with red rose, fresh-cut tamarillo, red cherry, wild-grown herbs and a hint of pepper, this is sultry elegance personified. The feeling I get tasting this wine is very similar to how I feel […]

Sartori di Verona Erfo Brut NV $22 (4 stars)

In the late 1800’s Sartori’s trattoria was the place to frequent if you were a merchant, trader or weary traveller hunting for hearty food, good wine and a comfy place to camp. As the family concentrated more on wine, hospitality remained their focus, which is why their prosecco’s are especially friendly. Wild apple and acacia […]

Tamellini Soave DOC Costeggiola 2016 $25 (4 stars)

100% garganega (gar-gar-nay-gah) grapes have been used to tizzy together this stunningly fresh, medium bodied, citrus-saturated white wine from the appellation of Soave (soh-ah-vay). I love the luscious lemongrassy layers, white pepper, rich, chalky characters and it’s marathon-like finish. I also love that every sip is like hanging on to the last of summer. Great […]

Ash Ridge Premium Cabernet Merlot 2016 $31 (4 stars)

From what’s fast becoming known as a very elegant vintage in Hawke’s Bay, comes a cabernet dominant blend that reflects the iron-rich, red gravels of the Bridge Pa triangle beautifully. Made by the super-talented Lauren Swift, this bold, spicy blend has hefty red fruited aromatics, hints of smoke and soy and boasts a long, stylishly […]

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