Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013 $60  Lance Redgwell is a pinot master, and from his tiny, biodynamically-grown vineyard on the Martinborough terraces comes this juicy tsunami of black tea, Cherry Ripe bars, camphor, sandalwood,  earthy leather notes and layers of mushroomy complexity merge with finely chiseled tannins to produce a slick yet succulent and […]

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2013 (5 stars) $34

It’s easy to see how this wine scooped a Gold medal at the NZ International Wine Show, (New Zealand’s biggest annual wine show) because it is so irresistibly unctuous and toffee-centric. Carrying concentrated mandarin and caramelized apricot and gorgeous honeyed flavours. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy  

Arc du Rhone Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013 $46

There’s a group of villages in the Rhone that when joined together look like an arc – and this wine comes from the most famous cru at the southern tip of that arc, the Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Three grapes, grenache noir, syrah and carignan have created an earthy, savoury, tobacco and dark fruited style that, seven years […]

Milcrest Estate Nelson Pinot Noir 2013 $41 (4 stars)

If you’re looking for a ripe, voluptuous, vanilla-and-spice style then you’ve come to the right cul-de-sac. Saturated with concentrated cherry, raspberry and redcurrant characters, the 11 months its spent in oak has given it a slightly smoky edge and buckets of smooth generous goodness in the mouth. Ripe, fleshy and feisty after 5 years, it’s […]

Jackson Estate Somerset Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $48 (5 stars)

Whenever the team at Jackson Estate choose to release a Somerset, I get very excited. Having slept quietly in the bottle for the last few years, the 2013 is now ready to rock and it’s a beautiful thing. Sourced from old, gnarly vines growing in unirrigated, clay-stacked soils in the Waihopai Valley, the wine shines […]

La Celia Single Vineyard Heritage Uco Valley Malbec 2013 $70

La Celia Single Vineyard Heritage Uco Valley Malbec 2013 $70 So incredibly complex and multi-layered, this magically meaty, spice-driven malbec has seasoned leather, soy and black olive notes, anise, Irish moss and sandy, fine-grained but ferociously lovely tannins abound in this meal-in-itself wine.  This wine has great palate presence and superb length of flavour, with […]

Pukeora Estate Ruahine Range ‘The Benches’ 2013 $28

From what was heralded as the ‘vintage of the century’ comes this powerfully built blend of merlot, malbec, syrah and cabernet sauvignon from the limestone-laden hills of Central Hawke’s Bay. Sweet saddle-leather, pepper, mocha, hints of prune, liquorice and showing bold, juicy tannins – it’s a muscular, sinewy sip that has loads of life in […]

The Regent of Tantallon Limited Edition Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2013 $40

From what was hailed as the red wine vintage of the century for Hawke’s Bay comes this silky, slinky, berry- and spice-saturated blend from fruit sourced from the Tantallon vineyard in Bridge Pa. The deep, iron-rich ‘red gravels’ inject depth and minerality to the fruit, and the wine shows vanilla, smoke, olive, and sweet cocoa […]

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013 $42

2013 had winemakers across Hawke’s Bay fizzing.  It was perfection, especially if you were making syrah.  Gus Lawson knew the fruit he’d harvested from his steep hillside site overlooking the Gimblett Gravels was gold and 4 years on, the proof is in the sipping.  Velvety smooth and layered with the lightest pepper, violet and cocoa […]

Godelia Viernes Bierzo Mencía 2013 $26 (4.5 stars)

Crafted by Josep Serra and Olga Verde, this hand harvested little mencía (pronounced ‘men-thee-aah) erupts with florals and spice and hedgerow fruits on the nose. Yet on the palate it immediately calms down into a smooth, soft sip with suede-like texture, alongside a hint of salt, mushroom and mineral notes combine with earthy layers to […]

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