Karikari Estate Pinotage 2013 $42

Winemaker Alan Collinson has unleashed a wine that literally had me leap around yelling at people in my office to taste it.  Perfumed, plush, plump and packed with sexy berries and concentrated cocoa, spices and sarsaparilla characters, it’s my new favourite thing.  Fresh acidity and soft, stretchy tannins and luscious length of flavour.  Gorgeous. Sip […]

Seresin Son and Moon Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $125

Organic, biodynamic and vegan-friendly, this gorgeous pinot noir smells like baking spices and sweet, dark cocoa dusted over caramelized plums served in a bowl carved from oak.  Seresin’s flagship pinot, the ‘purest expression’ they can make, is intense in the mouth, with high acidity and muscular, supple tannins. The length of flavour is persistent, brooding […]

Cantine Riondo Castelforte Veneto Valpolicella Superiore 2013 $19 (3.5 stars)

The Valpolicella Blend is based on three indigenous red-wine grape varieties grown in the Veneto region in Italy’s northeast. Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are the trio primarily involved in the Valpolicella DOC, Corvina plays the starring role in Valpolicella (up to 75 percent) and is regarded as the blend’s lynchpin. Known more for its acidity […]

Villa Pisoni Chianti Riserva 2013 $25.99 (4 stars)

Long gone are the days of your Chianti coming complete with a wicker basket wrapped around the bottle (they’re called ‘fiascoe’s’ btw) Thankfully today Chianti is much classier. Crafted from 100% sangiovese fruit, this light, supple, cherry and berry bang of a wine has powdery, clinging tannins and an earthy undercurrent that I really like.  […]

Fontanafredda Le Fronde Moscato d’Asti 2013 $35

At just 5% alcohol, this is a super-light, super-sweet little sip that’ll perk up even the most jaded tastebuds.  Forget any past experiences with bad old, mass-produced Asti because this is the genuine article.  Pure, uncut awesomeness.  With a deliciously delicate, creamy mousse, lifted, musky apricot and honeysuckle flavours and a long, spritzy finish – […]

Matetic Corralillo Chardonnay 2013 $25

Sourced from the region of Rosario in Chiles San Antonio Valley this chardonnay grows in decomposed granite soils studded with quartz and volcanic material; which probably explains the vein of minerality stitching the stonefruit, yellow plum and slivers of grapefruit together.  Pronounced ‘matt – eh – cheech’, it’s nutty, slightly creamy on the finish, and […]

Fuedi Lacryma Christi Bianco 2013 $30

This wine reminds me of a sea breeze, all crisp, bracing and slightly briny.  Lovely lemon pith and peach notes underpin the chalky mineral layers too.  Made from Verdeca and Coda di Volpe grapes grown on the fertile lower slopes of Mt Vesuvius, the name ‘Lacryma Christi’ comes from the story of when Lucifer fell […]

Nga Waka Martinborough Dry Riesling 2013 $25

Lemongrass, lime and tangelo zest aromas osmose onto the palate in a wave of cheek-puckering dryness in this tang-fest of a wine.  There’s also a waft of beeswax and honeysuckle sneaking through as you take the glass away from your lips.  A couple of years in the bottle has this wine developing nicely into a […]

Churton ‘Best End’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $47

Visit Churton, in winter and you’re likely to spend a lot of time up on a hill looking at “poo pits” and sniffing compost.  The winter solstice is when owners Mandy and Sam Weaver choose to release their wines.  “In an agricultural sense it’s when one year ends and another begins” explains Sam.  “The earth […]

Swan’s Flight Marlborough Semillon 2013 $18.50

Crafted by Georges Michel’s winemaker daughter Swan, this is a superb ‘cheese board’ wine for those late afternoon loungearounds.  Toasted, smoky notes indicate a touch of barrel fermentation across freshly-baled hay, dried herbs and soft, lemony, limey flavours. Sip with a chunk of sheeps milk pecorino or tangy goats cheese www.georgesmichel.com

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