van Asch Pyro Central Otago Syrah 2009 $40 (3.5 stars)

Nine years on from harvest and this wine is a freak of nature for two reasons. The first being that it’s syrah grown in one of the southernmost winegrowing regions in the world (highly unusual) and when a fire ripped through the winery not long after vintage, just a couple of barrels of syrah were […]

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2009 $100 (5 stars)

To clarify, Moët rhymes with ‘poet’.  So from today. It’s not okay. To say ‘mow-way’.  When the Chef de Cave (French for ‘Chief Winemaker’) Benoît Gouez declares a ‘vintage’ it’s something to notice because the quality doth skyrocket.  This is the 73rd time in the history of Moët that it’s happened.  Aged for 7 years […]

Whyte Estate Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2009 $20.00

This is such a rare treat, to be able to sip great quality gewurztraminer which has had almost 8 years to develop into a luxurious, exotically scented example. You’ll see it’s 14.5% alcohol, which is pretty high for this variety, yet age has softened it and allowed it to merge into a lychee, toffee apple […]

Tyrell’s Single Vineyard Steven’s Hunter Semillon 2009 $45

Aged semillon from the Hunter Valley is one of the world’s greatest things in my opinion. I love the straw, watercress, pepper, lemongrass, almond and biscotti aromatics which combine with nougat and summer flowers, green melon, baked apple, dried basil and almonds in this awesome 8 year old example. Extra for experts: The Tyrell’s can […]

Villa Maria Reserve Library Release Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $69.99 (5stars)

Eight years on from harvest and this straight cabernet still bright, buoyant and incredibly fresh.  I love how plucky and precise the fruit is, the berry and plum definition is just lovely and an injection of smoky cedar really fleshes out this delicious experience.  This is great kiwi cabernet right here and it’s a treat […]

Villa Maria Reserve Library Release Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 $69.99 (4.5 stars)

Purple-black and gorgeously glossy in the glass, this is a deliciously dense, berry-saturated cabernet blend edged with bouquet garni herbs and cocoa characters.  Softly peppered, fleshy and plump in the mouth and boasting a line of black olive, bay and smoke, it’s a big blend with real pluck and personality.

Pask Declaration Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionelle 2009 $40 (4.5 stars)

One of things I love about Kate Radburnd and her team at Pask, is that they are great keepers of secrets.  Who knew they’d been sitting on an absolutely stunning sparkling wine for 8 years!  Just released, this classically crafted blend of chardonnay and pinot noir has a deliciously finely-tuned texture in the mouth, soft […]

Matariki Quintology 2009

Matariki Quintology 2009 $80 ★★★★★ After a few years in the bottle, this Gimblett Gravels-grown blend of merlot, cabernet’s sauvignon and franc, malbec and syrah, is really hitting its straps.  With sexy, exotic aromas of ripe blackberry and sweet plum smashed into seasoned saddle leather and sprinkled with dried herbs, violets, bitter chocolate and white […]

Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009

Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009 $90 ★★★★★ Wow!  Inky, purple-black in the glass and what a nose!  Seductive aromas of plum paste, white pepper and chocolate lead to spicy, luscious liquorice and Belgian biscuit flavours, which are just fantastic. Winemaker Steve Skinner has created a really special wine here, with delicious warmth, succulence and […]

Kaimira Brightwater Gewurztraminer 2009

Kaimira Brightwater Gewurztraminer 2009 $23 ★★★★★ At 14.5% alc I was expecting this wine to have a hot, stringy, slightly resinous character but this wine delivers quite the opposite.  It hits the sweet spot between musky floral notes, rich, ripe, peachy characters and a long, elegantly spicy finish.  It’s exotically perfumed with a seam of sweetness […]

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