Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne NV

Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne NV It pours into the glass like a cloud of yellow  diamond foam – aromas of cashew, brulee, hints of lemon, peach and a delicate smoky texture with pinprick-fine bead.

William Murdoch ‘The Guardsman’ 2009

William Murdoch ‘The Guardsman’ 2009 $65  Built around a solid spine of cabernet sauvignon, and with absolutely no insecticide, herbicide, pesticide, or systemic or non-organic chemicals of any kind being used; this wine is about as organic and natural as they come.  Crafted by Hayden Penny from fruit sourced from Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels, this […]

Wright’s Vineyard Entity Methode Traditionnelle 2010

Wright’s Vineyard ‘Entity’ Methode Traditionnelle 2010 $25  Made entirely from chardonnay, this is an organically produced Blanc de Blanc from Gisborne’s Ormond Valley, and if you’re expecting something frilly and feminine – forget it.  This fizz reflects the ‘chaos factor’ of family life for Geoff and Nicola Wright as they work hard to maintain their […]

Borsao Garnacha 2009

Borsao Garnacha 2009 $21  A saucy Spanish red from Aragon’s Campo de Borja subregion, it is a blend of 85 percent Garnacha (Grenache) and 25 percent Tempranillo with layers of dried herbs, plum, tea leaf, coffee bean and red rose notes.  Superb with anything chargrilled, this wine has warming, spicy smoke and cocoa characters on […]

Hāhā Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Hāhā Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $15  Sourced from fruit grown in the Wairau Valley, this newcomer has classic passionfruit, citrus and herbaceous aromas which ooze through onto the palate.  Not too sharp, the acidity is spritzy and beautifully balanced while the palate is full, rich and fruit-driven. Nicely made. Hāhā Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 For […]

Three Boys Brewery ‘Tres Amigos’

Three Boys Brewery ‘Tres Amigos’ 330ml 5%alc I know I shouldn’t say this but the packaging had me hooked.  Three little stickmen one in a sombrero, one in a huge moustache and one in a poncho holding hands and looking happy sit above some guff written in Mexican which I think told me to drink […]

Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

Stoneleigh Latitude Pinot Noir 2009 $34  Spending eight months in French oak barrels (a third of them new) has produced a wine chock-full of youthful fruit sweetness combined with spicy layers of plum, cherry and toast. It’s bright, vibrant and very drinkable, although I’m not sure how this wine will do in the cellar so […]

Deutz Prestige Marlborough Cuvee 2008

Deutz Prestige Marlborough Cuvée 2008 $38  Elegant and restrained, this wine has tiny pinprick bubbles and soft aromas of almond, oyster shell, lemon and mineral notes. In the mouth it is delicate and cloudlike, yet has delicious freshness, substance and citrus complexity. Vibrant and rich, this is definitely a new favourite for me.

Margrain Vineyard La Michelle Methode Traditionnelle

Margrain Vineyard ‘La Michelle’ Methode Traditionnelle $38  66% pinot noir and 33% chardonnay is the blend in this ultra pretty, white gold hued sparkling. I love the aromas of malt biscuit, grilled peach and toasty breadcrust along with its tangy, minerality and lemony-rich, mouthfilling layers of flavour. A very sexy sparkling indeed. www.margrainvineyard.co.nz Margrain La Michelle Methode […]

Osawa Sustainable Dots Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2010

Sustainable Dots Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2010 $19  If you’re a fan of fabulous, well-priced gewürztraminer then this is for you!  It’s a beautiful example with lychee, rose and soft spices on the nose followed by clean, crisp, tangy tropical flavours in the mouth.  It’s a wine with fantastic lines and definitely leaves an impression.  More […]

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