Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 $80  Breakneck is made from just 10 barrels selected by Dr Stephanie Lambert and her winemaking team from their favourite clones from their Block 7 site.  The wine is soft and sleepy to begin, then unveils a peacocks tail of red apple, red cherry, soft spices and chalky tannins.  There’s […]

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Framingham Select Marlborough Riesling 2017

Framingham Select Marlborough Riesling 2017 $34.99  The ‘select’ has a reputation for being a sweet sensation, however it’s a masterclass in achieving balance at it’s best.  Pure apple, lime, lemon and mandarin flavours merge with superior precision due to focused acidity that on point.  Beautifully crafted, refreshing and incredibly satisfying, it’s a young riesling destined […]

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Hãhã Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Hãhã Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 $29.99  Lift the lid off a teapot and sniff the emptiness.  It smells lush and tannic, just like this wine.  Tamarillo, wild cherry, earthy, plummy flavours merge with dried herb and toast.  The finish is smooth, slightly meaty and moreish, and it carries long across the palate.  Nicely made […]

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Aorangi Road Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Aorangi Road Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $ The locals call the large boulders that litter the vineyards out west of Hastings in the Crownthorpe district, “Mangatahi Swedes” in a little jibe at their ‘Gimblett Gravels’ cousins closer to town.  This sauvignon has a soft, lemongrass and bruised basil aroma, a dusting of white pepper […]

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Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016

Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $16.99 On the nose this chardonnay has creme brulee, Mackintosh’s ‘Harrogate’ and roast peach perfume, while on the palate it’s rich, decently structured and shows solid juiciness right through to the finish.  It’s extremely gluggably good. Widely available.

Gibson Bridge Tasting Oct 2018

Gibson Bridge Estate Blend Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $38 This pinot gris is deeply golden in the glass, perhaps due to its age and also its partial barrel fermentation and the addition of 12% gewurztraminer already barrel fermented itself.  On the nose it has nutty complexity, musky florals and spiced stonefruit characters.  The acidity is fresh […]

Lamont Central Otago Chardonnay 2017

Lamont Central Otago Chardonnay 2017 $32  Winemaker Craig Gasson sourced superlatively good fruit from Sue and Andrew Penniket’s organic and dry-farmed Minaret Peaks vineyard down in Wanaka for this new release chardonnay.  Handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in a concrete egg fermenter, it erupts with sweet cashew, stonefruit and citrus on the nose and […]

Lamont Central Otago Riesling 2015

Lamont Central Otago Riesling 2015 $27  One thing you’ll understand as soon as you sip this ridiculously good riesling is ‘purity’. Sourced from Craig and Angela Gasson’s tiny Bendigo-based vineyard, this riesling is deliciously dry and does a darn good job of bringing squint-factor 50 to your face. Certified organic, the fruit was cool-fermented to […]

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Ogier Héritages Côtes du Rhône 2016

Ogier Héritages Côtes du Rhône 2016 $16.50-$18 A blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre from the south of France that’s gentle, savoury and has attractive cherry and leather layers, dusty tannins and grainy, textural feels on the finish. www.regionalwines.co.nz  

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Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir 2016

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir 2016 $25  This certified organic, vegan-friendly pinot noir is deceptively light in that colour-wise, it’s like a notch above a rosé in terms of depth and darkness, yet the aromatics and flavours that unveil themselves are surprising.  Dried herbs, wild cherry and berry tea notes wash across the palate, leaving a […]

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