Amisfield Central Otago Chardonnay 2017 $45

Amisfield Central Otago Chardonnay 2017 $45 Dr Stephanie Lambert has a fearsome reputation as a winemaker and yet the big up’s, the accolades, the critic prop’s per se, are overwhelmingly in favour of her pinot noir.  Indeed she does make damn fine, world-class pinot noir at every price point, yet I’m here to say that […]

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $50 Unfined, unfiltered and absolutely elegance wine-onified. Perfumed with peppercorn, bay leaf, bright violets and plum blossom, the palate of this new release by winemaker Lauren Swift shows deeply savoury characters, leather-slapped, game meat and mocha notes. Fresh acidity and fanging length of flavour. It’s a syrah that’ll […]

Hoppers Crossing Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

Hoppers Crossing Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 (tank sample) Lush, plush and nicely structured, needs a tiny bit of settling and red berries (wild strawberry, cherry, redcurrant,) decent tannins, fruit concentration and spice.  Long finish.  Good stuff. very drinkable.

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Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $19.95 This is one of my sure-fire, never-fail, no-hold-barred, people pleasing pinot gris choices.  There’s a ripeness and robustness in the Squawking Magpie style that promotes a pear, quince and quick-fix of spiced apple awesome into every sip.  It’s crisp, clean, cranking with honeysuckle and heaving […]

Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $50  Stuffed with cranberry, redcurrant, rosehip tea, succulent acidity, slippery lithe mouthfeel, warming, luscious, lovely and spicy and velvety. It’s a classic, old vines, Central Otago style that works beautifully with roast beetroot soup and anything game-related.  It’s a juicy, spice-centric style that’s created from fruit grown by […]

Chardonnay Lovers Ahoy!

Chardonnay Comeback Oh chardonnay – it’s so lovely to see you back!  A couple of decades ago New Zealand’s chardonnay-scape was almost a no-mans land.  After the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) club had declared the bold, fat, super-oaky, buttery examples we’d been served since the 70’s decidedly unfashionable, it basically became the corduroy of wine.  […]

Windrush Empire Marlborough Chardonnay 2018 $25

I was listening to “Jitterbug” by WHAM! when I first tasted this chardonnay by Callum Linklater and it definitely did make me want to do a happy dance. Bright, shiny and lighter, white-fruited style, chablis-like with a hint of funk and frisk. Nice texture and length. Dry and citrus-driven with a lick of white pepper […]

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Mas de Daumas Moulin de Gassac Pont de Gassac 2017 $36

A fleshy-soft blend with cabernet at the helm, backed up by syrah, merlot and grenache, a blend that cuddles the gums and tongue in cashmere-like tannins and a cloak of bright boysenberry and plum fruit. It has cherry, baked beetroot and a lick of leather, plus fresh acidity keeps this dancing on the palate and […]

Mas de Daumas Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Syrah Grenache Carignan 2017 $21

Classic violet and sweet, spicy plum notes on the nose and palate – this is a slippery, slinky, succulent and supremely sippable blend of syrah, grenache and carignan from southern France that will absolutely have people knocking your door down.  Pepper, hints of cocoa, leathery loveliness – good length of flavour too! www.planetwine.co.nz

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Blanc 2017 $21

From the Pays D’Hérault comes this gloriously aromatic blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Terret which bursts with lemon blossom, fresh lime and heaping wads of fresh herbs.  Light, zesty and wakes up even the most sluggish of your senses.  Darn lovely – serve chilled to impress your friends over some fromage and focaccia. […]

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