Quinta Da Romaneira 10 Year Old Tawny Port $64.90

Da Romaneira are one of the oldest Quintas in Portugals’ Douro Valley and this 10 YO Tawny is produced from a blend of  old ports made from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca that have an average age of 10 years before bottling.  Russet-coloured, perfumed with caramelized raisin, roasted, nutty notes, dried […]

Valtier Reserva Tempranillo Bobal 2007

Valtier Reserva Tempranillo Bobal 2007  $17.95 ★★★★ Bobal is a Spanish native, which makes up 50% of this deliciously mature, Valencia-grown blend.  It’s a smooth, vanilla-dusted red, oozing liquorice, cedar and dark fruit.  Superb value.  www.lacantina.co.nz

Vinoptima Noble Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2007

Vinoptima Noble Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2007 $250 375ml  Could this wine be the most delectable thing ever?  (I think that’s the first and only time I’ve ever used the word ‘delectable’) Yes, it is an indulgence, and one of the most expensive things I’ve ever tasted, but its aromas of rose-caramel, toffee, candied mandarin and golden syrup […]

Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2007

2007 Te Mata Cape Crest $30 (★★★★★) is sublime and then some.  Delicious toasty notes on the nose combine with elderflower, freshly milled timber and crushed herb characters all followed by a burst of white peach and lime and finished with harmonious, honeysuckle-like loveliness.  Delicate and minerally with a seam of coconut and lime pannacotta running […]

Contea de Castiglione Barbaresco 2007

Contea di Castiglione Barbaresco 2007 $39  I’m loving this super-tasty, earthy, spicy Italian red because it’s a fantastic example of Nebbiolo that’s produced a lush, plummy and ribstickingly good wine.  Available from Decant Wines 03 3431945 Contea di Castiglione Barbaresco

Palliser Estate Martinborough Methode Traditionnelle 2007

Palliser Estate Martinborough Methode Traditionnelle 2007 $37  With tiny, beaded bubbles, creamy, bouncy foam and beautiful texture, this sparkling has classic breadcrust, biscuit and intrinsically elegant dry citrus flavours which leap out of the glass.  Superb with freshly shucked oysters or tender, stir-fried prawns.  www.palliser.co.nz Palliser Estate Methode Traditionnelle 2007

Corozo Estate Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Methode Traditionnelle 2007

Corozo Estate Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Methode Traditionnelle 2007 $22  Exceptional value for money.  Elegant.  Enduring  and absolutely one of the most excellent examples on the market.  Aromas of rising dough, lemon mousse and toasted brioche are followed by pinprick acidity, clean, delicate texture and amazingly robust, nutty, mineral notes on the finish.  Amazing.  For […]

Nobilo Icon Methode Traditionnelle 2007

Nobilo Icon Methode Traditionnelle 2007 $24  Sexy rose-gold colour and boasting aromas of quince paste, almond and delicate raspberry notes.  Ultra-clean and elegant in the extreme this local sparkling represents absolutely superb value for money.  www.nobilo.co.nz

Matariki Quintology 2007

Matariki Quintology 2007 $80  One of New Zealand’s iconic red wines, this example of Gimblett Gravels gorgeousness is only released when the fruit is exceptional. A vintage-dependent blend of merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec, this version bursts with complex dried herbs, exotic spices dusted over juicy, ripe plum and dense berryfruit.  I […]

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2007

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2007 $60  I’ve been waiting for a 100% Grenache from Hawke’s Bay since forever!  Heady roasting pan juices, rosemary and dusty, earthy aromas lead the way to spicy plum, mace and amazingly silky, earthy, blackberry and cherry smoke.  It’s a muscular, meaty wine – and is just sensational with […]

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