Seifried Sweet Agnes Riesling 2011

Seifried Sweet Agnes Riesling 2011 $32 ★★★★★ I’d happily roll up my sleeves and launch into fisticuffs with anyone who disputed that this wine was one of the most consistently successful sweet wines from our shores.  With international trophies and stacks of gold medals in the trophy cabinet, the Sweet Agnes is a star.  With […]

Rimu Grove Pinot Gris 2010

Rimu Grove Pinot Gris 2010 $31 ★★★★½ Exotic confection and sweet, strudel-like aromas make way for a wave of luxuriously slick spices, succulent stonefruit and zesty acidity which creates a platform for excellent persistence of flavour. Not a pinot gris for the fragile or faint-hearted.  www.rimugrove.co.nz

Waimea Classic Riesling 2011

Waimea Classic Riesling 2011 $19 ★★★★★ An incredible value-for-money Riesling which oozes lime and tangelo tanginess, a beautifully taut, concentrated mouthfeel and a long, lingering finish which is edged with hints of mango.  Lovely stuff.  www.waimeaestates.co.nz

Sea Level Home Block Pinot Gris 2011

Sea Level Home Block Pinot Gris 2011 $19 ★★★★½ I love the aromas of frangipane, nashi and crème caramel while in the mouth there are layers of gingerbread, quince, pear and prickly, textural acidity.  Created from fruit grown in their Mariri vineyard by talented winemaker Sam Smail, this flavourful pinot gris finishes dry and delicious.  […]

Brancott Estate Special Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Gris 2012

Brancott Estate Special Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Gris 2012 $28 ★★★★ Wild passionfruit, elderflower, white peach, basil, white pepper, nectarine and lime – it’s all in here.  Brancott have been doing interesting things with sauvignon gris (a singular grape variety, not a blend of sauvignon blanc and pinot gris) recently and the results get better every […]

Gladstone Estate 12,000 miles Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gladstone Vineyard 12,000 miles Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $19 ★★★½ A superb sauvignon showing peach fuzz, passionfruit and citrus aromas that lead to punchy, cheek-sucking acidity, blackcurrant leaf, pineapple and herbaceous flavours and an intense, lime-laden finish.  I’d love to taste this again in 12 months time when it’s had a chance to soften slightly.  […]

Isabel Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

Isabel Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 $22 ★★★★ This is one of my new favourite pinot gris styles because I love the juicy, marmalade, peach and quince flavours and the rich, deeply textural mouthfeel.  It hits that balance between mid-palate generosity and dryness, cleansing crispness and long, luxurious length of flavour.  www.glengarry.co.nz

Mountford Estate Pinot Noir 2009

Mountford Estate Pinot Noir 2009 $72 ★★★★★ Absolutely gorgeous fresh berry aromatics combined with musky, perfumed, pot-pourri and rhubarb crumble characters in the mouth.  I love the luscious raspberry, 5-spice and cherry cola succulence.  It’s pricey, and higher in alcohol (14.5%) than most, but it’s sensational nonetheless.  www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Haha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $16 ★★★★★ Wow!  This is intense, concentrated stuff.  Each glass is packed with passionfruit, lime and blackcurrant leaf loveliness on the nose and palate.  Punchy and pungent, with a glorious, gum-tingling texture – it’s darn flash and should definitely be in your fridge this summer.  www.hahawine.com

Richmond Plains Nelson Chardonnay 2011

Richmond Plains Nelson Chardonnay 2011 $19 ★★★½ This smells like a peach cupcake with grapefruit icing, it’s seriously tangy and tropical with lovely concentration and a seam of toasty oak to wrap up the finish.  Delicious with pan-seared scallops topped with toasted almonds. www.richmondplains.co.nz

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