Tua Marina Marlborough Arneis 2015 $28

How brilliant to finally find an Arneis specialist here in New Zealand. Franzi Grab is obsessed with this tricky little Italian number that has the nickname ‘Little Rascal’ due to it regularly having hissy fits in the vineyard and not playing by the rules. Franzi’s version is chalky, bone dry and limey on both the […]

Tyrell’s Single Vineyard Steven’s Hunter Semillon 2009 $45

Aged semillon from the Hunter Valley is one of the world’s greatest things in my opinion. I love the straw, watercress, pepper, lemongrass, almond and biscotti aromatics which combine with nougat and summer flowers, green melon, baked apple, dried basil and almonds in this awesome 8 year old example. Extra for experts: The Tyrell’s can […]

Huia Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015 $32

This is a wine that I hanker for each year.  Apart from being one of Marlborough’s most dedicated pioneers of organic and biodynamic winegrowing, Mike and Claire Allan of Huia Vineyards are gewürztraminer nuts, which means they’re my kind of people.  With lashings of white pepper, lychee, musky, honeysuckle notes and gingery goodness on the […]

Ka Tahi Rangatira Gimblett Gravels Three Barrel Reserve Malbec 2015 $30

Glossy, inky dark and saturated with buckets of berries, vanilla, soft smoky notes and juicy, fleshy, savoury layers make this wine a contender for ribsticking rock star of the week for me.  Gentle, textural tannins and attractive tension between the acidity and alcohol (only 13.1% btw) make this Hawke’s Bay version of the Argentinean classic […]

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

This is about as natural as it gets for gewurztraminer production. Nicola and Geoff Wright are organic pioneers in Gisborne and alongside not adding any herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, they’re also not adding any yeast, opting instead for wild, ‘natural’ yeasts to conduct the ferment. This results in a funkier, dryer style, laced with lychee […]

Wrights Gisborne Chardonnay 2015 $28

Crafted by organic pioneers Geoff and Nicola Wright from fruit grown in their Manutuke and Ormond vineyards, this is a different style of chardonnay in that its scented with green apple, lime and hints of nashi amongst the more signature peach, nougat and grapefruit. There’s a smidge of roasty, toasty oak, a whiff of smoke […]

Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $56

Prepare for heaping wads of hazelnut, citrus pith, white peach and nutmeg on the nose followed by gorgeous, grapefruit, smoked pineapple and waves of juiciness which flow constantly across the palate.  Crafted from old vine, dry farmed, Mendoza-clone chardonnay from a vineyard named after Brick Gunn, champion NZ Skeet Shooter, this wine is beautifully balanced […]

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $19.99

Certified organic chardonnay here from Geoff and Nicola Wright, chardonnay that has a distinct ‘struck match’ aroma, smoky, flinty layers that once pushed through, give way to a ripe, rich, viscose palate packed with peach, caramelised, toasty characters, butterscotch and nutty notes on the finish. It’s a complex little chardonnay with bright acidity and a […]

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