Brennan Central Otago Trio 2016 ($29) (4 stars)

The Brennan family have been growing grapes in Gibbston since 1994, and I’m a huge fan of their blended whites, particularly when they contain a gorgeous 57% gewürztraminer, 35% racy riesling, and an 8% splash of muscat like this one. You get foxy florals, mandarin, lychee, rose petal, and lashings of lovely citrus in the […]

Bodegas Olivares Dulce Monastrell 2013 500ml $63

Looking for the ultimate sweet red wine?  Deep in the heart of Jumilla in Spain grows a patch of ancient, ungrafted, monastrell vines owned by Bodegas Olivares.  The bunches are left on the vine long into the autumn to naturally begin to raisin.  This concentrates the blackcurrant intensity and spicy, caramelized characters, resulting in a […]

Kaimira Estate Brightwater Nelson Gewurztraminer 2016 $25

Certified organic, this wine is one huge high-five as to why Nelson is considered New Zealand’s spiritual home of the aromatic white wines. ‘Kaimira’ is named after an old flour mill built near the site of the original winery, but today it’s all about the grapes. Perfumed with nectarine and jasmine and sultry, dusky, musky […]

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column Saturday August 12 2017

So you’re 40-something, female and finding whiskers in weird places on your face? Fret not. Sip these and forget the horror. Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $59.99  Oh lordy, what a wine! With its alluring aromas of grilled grapefruit, roast peach, toasted almonds and a hint of smoke, I struggled to peel the glass […]

Silver Wing Waipara Pinot Noir 2013 $36 (4.5 stars)

Crafted with wild yeasts and as little preservative as possible, this pinot has an earthy, smoky note from being aged in French oak barrels for 19 months, 15% of which were brand new.  Chock full of cocoa, red cherry and rhubarb, it’s got real pluck and power behind it, making it a seriously tasty product […]

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Organic Masters 2017: results and analysis

Wine column week commencing 15th April, 2017

One of the bazillions of things that I love about wine, is that when I’m doing my tastings sure as eggs something’s going to surprise me.  Something will step up, stand out and shake the old foundations of what I think is stylistically ‘normal’.  I love that I’m seeing WAY more sauvignon blanc that’s been […]

Nikau Point Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 $15

The fact that this is just $15 a bottle, absolutely blows my mind.  Cherry, black tea and attractive spices, alongside red fruits, raspberry and soft plummy characters make this an incredibly drinkable, excitingly affordable pinot noir.  A recent makeover of the label has given this extra table-appeal.  It looks like money.  It tastes like money. […]

Wine and food matching 2016

Wine and food matching.  The fact that it’s even a thing is the relatively recent result of American neo-prohibitionists in1970’s demanding that if alcoholic beverages were to be served anywhere, then suitable food needed to be provided.  So canny restaurateurs clicked rather quickly that if you’re going to do it, do it well and put […]

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Bodegas Gancedo Capricho Val de Paxarinas Godello 2014 $29 ★★★★½

Godello (pronounced God-Ay-Yo) means “small indulgence”, and I for one am totally treating myself to more than one bottle of this.  Blended with a touch of Dona Blanca grapes, I love the aromas of apricot stone, lemon pith, crushed oyster shells and white peach.  Sourced from the region of Bierzo in Northwest Spain, the bursts […]

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