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 […]

Haythornthwaite Ursula Martinborough Pinot Gris 2012 $25

Don’t freak out if when you pull the cork (Yes, you’ll need one of those cork-pully-outy things) and you see tiny crystals attached to it.  These ‘wine diamonds’ are safe, natural and a sign of a wine made without fining or filtration.  Named after Mark Haythornthwaite’s sister, (who adores dry white wines), here’s a richly […]

Johner Estate Blanc de Noir 2012 $36 ★★★★

Pale apricot colour and boasting beautiful, pin-prick beads of bubbles and a rather gorgeous aroma of ripe stonefruit, berry brioche and almonds, this characterful methode is luscious and tangy but has an elegant, stylish edge. www.johner-estate.com

Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2012 $43 (4.5 stars)

When wines like this arrive at the Lorkin office, I do my happy dance.  I’d never make the cast of Limbs, or be given a place in Parris Goebel’s Royal Family, but my enthusiasm more than makes up for the lack of coordination.  This shiraz absolutely bursts with clean, peppery spices. It’s also awash with […]

Domain Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2012 $39 (5 stars)

If a wine could actually shout from the rooftops “I’m Central Otago pinot noir dangnabbit!!” then this would be that wine. I love the lift of rhubarb leaf, juicy cherry, dark plum and tea leaf loveliness in every sniff and the fact that all these flavours osmose onto the palate just adds an extra bit […]

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