My notes on Obsidian Waiheke Island new releases…

Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017 $48 The stylish, chablis-like elegance of this wine makes it a showstopper for me. I love the purity of fruit, intense citrus, and minerality on the mid-palate, peachy backbone and the dusting of subtle nutty notes on the finish. It’s a beautifully balanced example and I’m officially obsessed with […]

J. Riehl Vin D’Alsace Riesling 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

Classic Germanic riesling style here, with loads of green apple and manuka honey notes, a layer of herbaceousness and white pepper and a long, tangy finish. It’s a great introduction to Alsatian riesling that’s on the crisp, dry scale of the spectrum and it’s a good choice to sip with chickpea and paneer korma. www.winedirect.co.nz

Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $22.99 (3.5 stars)

If you’re looking for a lightly-styled, lush, plush pinot noir that’s sewn together with spice, and rosehip tea, then this may be for you. It’s slippery and soft, with an earthy undertone and decent length of flavour and if you’re magicking up some creamy mushroom pasta then here’s your match. For stockists near you phone […]

Young Estate Bettie Bubbles Methode Traditionelle NV $34 (3.5 stars)

Hayley Young is the talent behind this golden, Gisborne-grown fizz which has had a couple of years to develop in the bottle. Subtle aromas of crushed cashews and rising dough surrender to soft citrus and caramelized characters which follow through on the palate. It’s a lightly-styled sparkles that has notes of baked apple on the […]

Te Hera Reserve Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $42 (5 stars)

Prepare for a spice overload in this certified organic example from the lovely John Douglas at Te Hera. I say ‘lovely’ because he is quite possibly the smiliest man in all the Wairarapa. What he’s able to produce from his tiny Te Muna Terraces site is year-after-year is reliably delicious, like he’s some sort of […]

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016 $25.90

At least once a week I must have Thai food and when I do, I must have a crisp glass of gewürztraminer to soothe its passage. I thought the 2014 vintage was unstoppable then the 2016 came along and wow! This musky-spiced style from Chris and Judy Simmonds block on Dog Point Road is a […]

Champagne Joseph Desruets Brut Special Cuvée Les Prémices NV $150

I LOVE learning about new champagne houses and Desruets is my new favourite. A 60/40 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, it’s so incredibly fresh, pillowy and pure. I love the lacy citrus, cashew, bagel dough and shortbread characters on the palate, its harmonious texture, impeccable balance and lift – it’s an absolute aristocrat of […]

Dominio de Heredia Rioja DOC 2015 $19.90

Super-smooth and masculine, like sniffing George Clooney after a wet shave, it’s all tobacco, man-sweat, saddle leather and desert dust. Wait. What was I talking about again? The wine! Yes. Tempranillo grapes were harvested, crushed, fermented, and aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels to bring on the smoky, prune, and pepper flavours […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 14th April 2018

I would never in a million years have thought that I could reduce my energy footprint by powering my laptop with a glass of wine. I read an interesting snippet in www.thedrinksbusiness.com about American chip maker Intel unveiling a processor powered by wine. This processor is the brainchild of Intel’s in-house anthropologist (every company should […]

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $20 (4 stars)

Steady yourself for a tsunami of citrus, punchy passionfruit, luscious lemonade and a long, long, long (did I say long?) flavoursome finish. Crafted by the good folk at Pegasus Bay wines, this is a lovely example of the North Canterbury style. Yummo! www.pegasusbay.com

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