Mishas Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

Mishas Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $28 This is one of my favourite New Zealand pinot gris styles because it hits that perfect balance between the deliciously dry and mouthfillingly rich.  Think a tweak of yuzu, nestled amongst nashi and soft lemony notes on the nose and palate, this Central Otago stunner […]

Folium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Folium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 $30 Winemaker Takaki Okada is one of my favourite artists in the vineyard.  Managing his tiny, Brancott Road property entirely organically and completely by hand.  His love for pinot noir is palpable, infectious, and the flavours he derives from his fruit are completely unique.  Think you know Marlborough pinot noir?  […]

Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Barrique Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Barrique Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $28 Named after the gigantic old gum tree that grows on Jackson’s Homestead vineyard that apparently makes ghostly noises as the temperature cools down and night settles in.  Made by Matt Paterson-Green, this sauvignon is hand harvested, whole-bunch-pressed and then fermented in old, French oak barrels […]

McPherson Family Vineyards Andrew McPherson Shiraz 2018

McPherson Family Vineyards Andrew McPherson Shiraz 2018 This fresh and frisky shiraz has blackcurrant and cherry and wheelbarrow-loads of spice and flavour.  Think plum and caramelised oak and robust, peppery characters make this shiraz (named after Andrew McPherson who, together with his brother Jock in 1968) A consumate host and huge shiraz fan, Andrew gave […]

McPherson Family Vineyards The Angus Merlot 2017

McPherson Family Vineyards The Angus Merlot 2017 Great merlot from Australia is something that I don’t get to experience very often (and that’s no fault of anyone- it’s just that I don’t actually ‘see’ them)  This merlot from Mcpherson is some next level lovely.  Scented with saddle leather and a smorgasbord of spices and red […]

McPherson Wines Bella Luna Victoria Nero D’Avola 2018

McPherson Wines Bella Luna Victoria Nero D’Avola 2018 This little piece of Victoria with vavoom, is the perfect introduction to the nero d’avola grape.  It’s softly fruited on the nose, sweet fruit saturation, hints of cocoa and clove wash across the palate and the finish is juicy, plush and plump and dangerously easy to drink. […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017 $43 Wow.  Wow and triple wow.  If the immense punch of grilled grapefruit, buttered crumpet, and hints of smoked bacon and popcorn doesn’t send you sideways, the powerful, weighty, woof-inducing complexity on the palate definitely will.  Sourced from old vines and matured on its yeast lees in 30% new […]

Giesen Single Vineyard Fuder Series Marlborough Chardonnay 2015

Giesen Single Vineyard Fuder Series Clayvin Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $49.99 I have literally been doing a months-long Rumplestiltskin dance waiting for this wine to be released.  Certified organic and representing the pinnacle of what the team at Giesen can achieve from Clayvin, (one of Marlborough’s most sought-after vineyards), it’s absolutely stunning and worth every cent […]

The Last Shepherd Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

The Last Shepherd Gisborne Chardonnay 2017 $19.99 Toast? check.  Roast peach? check.  Buttery textures? check.  Nutty layers? check.  Gisborne-ness? Quadruple check.  Here’s a chardonnay that literally ticks all the boxes for a good time, especially if you’ve got a hankering for quality, old-school, East coast, toasty, roasty, buttery-chards.  What it lacks a little in length […]

Gem Gisborne Chardonnay 2005

Gem Gisborne Chardonnay 2005 Golden, glossy and topaz-tinted in the glass, this 14yo, wild-fermented chardonnay from Corey and Meg Hall has butterscotch, weetbix, toasted almond has definitely moved into it’s tertiary spectrum of aromas and flavours – brazil nut, vanilla, caramelised oaky notes and showing a long long flavour still carrying solid acidity.  If you […]

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