Aurum Central Otago Blanc de Blancs 2008 $45

Joan and Tony Lawrence planted their first Pisa Flats vineyard in 1997, and over the coming couple of years, son Brook and daughter-in-law Lucie took over the winemaking side of the story and things have rocketed ahead ever since.  This ‘solely chardonnay’ sparkling wine has those classic, clean, lean, almond meal and lemon shortbread flavours […]

Château Rombeau Cuveé Elise Vieilles Vignes 2008

Château Rombeau Cuveé Elise Vieilles Vignes 2008 $42.95 ★★★½ Hailing from the Cotes du Rousillon in the south of France, this eight year old blend of syrah, mourvedre and Grenache has a light, gently savoury plum and dried herb character on the nose followed by plush cherry and dark fruit notes in the mouth.  So […]

Bilancia Hawke’s Bay Reserve Pinot Gris 2008

Bilancia Hawke’s Bay Reserve Pinot Gris 2008 $34  Peach crumble, frangipane, tasty grilled pear and all sorts of good stuff on the nose lead the way to a deliciously rich, stone-fruit packed palate edged with spice and a hint of sweetness which is countered by clean, vibrant acidity.  The alcohol is up there (14.5%) but […]

Poderi Crisci Waiheke Island Viburno 2008

Poderi Crisci Waiheke Island Viburno 2008 $39  No, viburno is not some snazzy new variety that’s taken root on the island; rather it’s the name of a plant which is the symbol of the Mediterranean.  Viburno is an auspicious plant which apparently symbolises triumph and great promise; and it’s an apt name for this blend […]

Deutz Prestige Marlborough Cuvee 2008

Deutz Prestige Marlborough Cuvée 2008 $38  Elegant and restrained, this wine has tiny pinprick bubbles and soft aromas of almond, oyster shell, lemon and mineral notes. In the mouth it is delicate and cloudlike, yet has delicious freshness, substance and citrus complexity. Vibrant and rich, this is definitely a new favourite for me.

Tresillian Single Vineyard Canterbury Riesling 2008

Tresillian Single Vineyard Canterbury Riesling 2008 $18.50  A lovely example of older riesling sourced from Tresillian’s ‘certified-sustainable’ Lumsden vineyard.  Prepare yourself for aromas of beeswax, tangelo, lime and mineral notes while on the palate is nicely balanced with a touch of sweetness and a crisp, tangy finish.  For stockists visit www.tresillian.co.nz Tresillian Riesling 2008  

Sherwood Estate Laverique 2008

As far as sparkling wines go, the Sherwood Estate 2008 Laverique ($30)  is now a new favourite.  A 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, its lean, lemony aromas and elegant, minerally mouthfeel made it lovely to drink. Rich, toasty and fresh, it has personality, poise and fantastic length of flavour. www.sherwood.co.nz.  I have to be honest and […]

Babich Hawke’s Bay Irongate Chardonnay 2008

Babich Hawke’s Bay Irongate Chardonnay 2008  $35 “Babich’s flagship Chardonnay is a power-packed whopper of a wine bursting with juicy peach and grapefruit flavours while showing taut acidity, elegant oak and sublime, mouthfilling, textural length of flavour.  I’m certain it will cellar comfortably until 2014 and it’s a no-brainer as to how this came to […]

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2008

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2008 $29  Attractive garnet-red colour and simply oozes fresh raspberry, cherry and hedgerow-fruit essences.  In the mouth it has purity of fruit combined with wild game notes and sexy, earthy spices.  If that doesn’t grab you, the long, silky, slippery finish definitely will.  Just lovely.  www.limerock.co.nz 

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008 $35  Golden and glossy, this wine boasts layers of white peach, tangelo and grapefruit pith aromas which are so enticing it’s quite tricky actually wrenching your nose away so you can actually put it in your mouth!  But it’s worth it because this chardonnay has succulent stonefruit and creamy, nutty, […]

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