Lone Goat Canterbury Ehrenfelser 2012 $18 (3 stars)

As soon as you smell this wine you’ll have a throwback to some of those crazy, hybrid varieties of the 1980’s – toasty, creamy, hints of peach and lemon – pronounced ‘air-en-fel-zer’ is a German variety from the 1920’s and Lone Goat have got the only 1.2ha of the stuff in the ground here.  Honey, […]

Quinta Da Romaneira Late Bottled Vintage LBV 2012 Unfiltered $54.90

This Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) is made from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca and Tina Cão grapes harvested in 2012.  Then it spent around five years in oak cask before being bottled without filtration (to preserve the fruit intensity).  I love the crazy walnut and blackcurrant aromas that wash into a rich, seriously spicy, […]

St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $55.99 (4.5 stars)

Here’s a gorgeously glossy, eucalypt and herb-scented little star that’s classic Coonawarra through and through.  Blackcurrant, white pepper, smoky, cedar notes, loads of florals and a burst of black olive makes itself known on the finish.  It’s a masculine, complex example that’s leathery, earthy and definitely drinking nicely now. www.firstglass.co.nz

Yering Station Little Yering Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier 2012 $23 (4 stars)

I just love it when shiraz is tizzied up with a splash of viognier.  Just a tiny amount of viognier can elevate the dark fruit and spice aromatics of shiraz into floral realms of freshness that you’ve got to experience.  I also love that this wine presents in a slimline, elegant bottle – which just […]

Unison Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot 2012 $30 (4stars)

I used to work on a raspberry farm when I was in high school (loved it btw) and every time I sniff this wine it takes me back to those days of repeatedly sticking my face inside a leafy, fruit-scented canopy to harvest those plump, juicy berries. Fresh, spicy, with layers of plum-rubbed leather and […]

Sottano Reserva de Familia Malbec 2012 $43 (4 stars)

Dense inky, muscular and shows a strong core of dark boysenberry, blackcurrant leaf, charred capsicum, and sensational smoky, meaty layers.  The texture of the tannins is chewy and deliciously drying, while a strong current of pepper and cocoa carry through to a long, persistent finish.  Enjoy with blackened lamb shoulder and pomegranate glaze. For info […]

Domaine Mas Theo Ferme Theolas 2012 $27

If you wanted a crash course in what great tasting ‘natural’ wine tastes like – then here’s your opportunity. Organic and biodynamically certified, this fantastic Francais blend of 40% grenache, 40% syrah and 20% carignan has bright, sweet red cherry, boysenberry and smooth, peppery characters and a juicy, succulent mouthfeel.  I absolutely love this wine. […]

Saint Clair ‘Dawn’ Methode Traditionelle 2012 $49

Neil Ibbotson had wanted to make a classic sparkling wine ever since he first grew grapes back in 1978.  However in 2012, when his mum Dawn was about to turn 100, the decision was made to finally do it. The result is a biscuity, bottled version of its namesake.  Vibrant, slightly nutty and packed with […]

Pieropan Valpolicella Superiore Ruberpan 2012 $39

Here’s a beautifully earthy blend of  certified organic, Corvina Veronese, Rondinella Corvinone and Croatina Veronese grapes  grown in the hills of the Cellore d’Illasi in the Valpolicella region. Gently juicy, it’s a strawberry and cherry-soaked red that’ll have you shouting “Mama Mia!” within a seconds of your first sip.  Saucy, smooth and savoury-edged – it’s […]

Cannonball California Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ★★★½

As Californian as tans, teeth and tiny dogs, this is a bold, bouncy cabernet that dials the spice and plushness up to high gear.  Named after what we kiwi’s call the ‘bomb’, one sip of this and you’ll definitely be in the deep end – with a cabernet crush that is.  Made from fruit grown […]

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