Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2012 (5 stars) $34

This citrus-stacked Trophy winner at the 2013 Air NZ Awards is, six years down the track, still carrying gorgeous acidity, caramelized tropical fruit, hints of honey and succulent textures. It’s an intensely delicious sweet treat that’s aging gracefully and exotically. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy

Rolly Gassmann Vin D’Alsace Pinot Gris 2012 $39

The Gassmann’s have been winegrowers since 1611. 1611! That’s like when the King James Bible was first published and when Gallileo discovered sunspots on the sun. Modern life has this pinot gris maturing deliciously. Packed with punchy yellow plum, quince, poached pear and caramelised spices, the flavours are glorious, the acidity is succulent and refreshing, […]

Te Motu Onetangi Valley Waiheke Island 2012 $99

Dominated by cabernet sauvignon and fleshed out with merlot and cabernet franc, all grown on ancient soils in the heart of Waiheke’s Onetangi Valley, this elegantly savoury blend has six years of being a sleeping beauty and now it’s ready to roar. Cherry, prune and blueberry characters are cloaked in leather, cedary oak, smoky notes […]

Seresin Chiaroscuro Marlborough Pinot Gris/Riesling/Chardonnay 2012 $43.00

Named after an ancient artistic term to describe the contrast of light and dark, in the 2012 Chiaroscuro, Seresin’s winemakers have created something altogether mesmeric. A blend of three co-fermented (where different grapes are crushed, juiced and fermented together) parcels of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling, it shows enticing, mineral-driven aromas with hints of toasted […]

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2012 $42.99

You don’t scoop Gold medals and trophies at international competitions just by turning up do you? If you’re this cracker of a Bordeaux blend crafted by the legendary Miles Dineen, you opt to crash across the palate and make a monster of an impression. Bold, savoury black olive, soy and dark berry flavour concentration leads […]

Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $44.99

Sonoma County should be called Cabernet County in my eyes, since it insists on churning out exceptionally earthy, concentrated cabernet like this. Kendall-Jackson are one of the most highly respected producers across the entire California coast and they have a signature cocoa, vanilla, smoky tone to their reds which work stunningly well with the powdery, […]

Toi Toi Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012 $45.50

There’s an expectation out there, and I’m not sure why, that all Central Otago pinot noir has to be inky dark and OTT. This is a deliciously silky, subtle and beautifully balanced example sourced from the arrid slopes of Lowburn. I love the lift of 5-spice, cherry and dried herbs that collide with succulent, juicy […]

Grati Chianti Riserva Rufina DOCG 2012 $26.60

With 90% sangiovese at play in this Tuscan treasure, it was always a given that it’d boast lashings of leathery loveliness on both the nose and palate. Boosted by regional natives canaiolo nero and colorino, this Chianti is interwoven with notes of cherry and black guava, then boasts muscular tannins and an ultra-long finish. Definitely […]

Clos Marguerite Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 $46 (4 stars)

Perfumed with baked plum and cherry notes, it also boasts soft, savoury, creamy layers on the palate.  Named after Marguerite, winemaker Jean-Charles’ wife, this pinot noir is much like her, complex, delicate and yet boasts lovely depth of character.  It’s a lovely example that’s maturing nicely and would be amazing with spicy, red curry duck. […]

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, […]

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