Easthope Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $49.95 (4.5 stars)

Pinot noir from Catherine and Murray Mitchell’s vineyard on Te Muna Road has been carefully whole-bunch fermented to retain the natural sweetness and delicacy of the fruit and then gently pressed in a traditional basket press before being matured for ten months in French oak to inject delicious layers of smoke, spice and earth into […]

Anthony Joseph Vidal 1888 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $120 (5 stars)

The rumours were out that winemaker Hugh Crichton was planning to release something epic in the Vidal chardonnay stakes, and lordy, they were right.  From the most glorious chardonnay vintage Hawke’s Bay has seen in a stretch, comes a formidably gorgeous wine scented with popcorn, gunflint and grilled grapefruit and offering gracefully ripe, roasted stonefruit, […]

  Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2014 $32.90 (4.5 stars)

Incredibly bright on the nose, bursting with ripe boysenberry, plum cherry and sweetly spiced, smoky notes.  Here’s a deeply flavoured, rich and satisfyingly fruity blend, with layers of leather and cocoa carrying through to the finish.  I love the refreshing, vibrant acidity and its gripping, yet supple tannins.  It’s a very precise yet plush and […]

Hawkdun Rise HR Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $40 (4 star)

John Grant and Suzanne Bali-Grant run the Hawkdun Rise property on Letts Gully Road in Alexandra. Their HR pinot noir is floral and feisty on the nose, all raspberry tea and cherry. It’s a lighter style which shows soft waves of cherry and pomegranate that sneak up and grip you around the gums. Textural and […]

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Chardonnay 2014 $44.99 (5 stars)

The Clare Valley in South Australia is considered a cool-climate area and that’s why the folks at Taylors were quick to snap up the historic St Andrews vineyard and revitalised the old chardonnay vines. Luscious grapefruit and poached apricot add to its peachy complexity. Succulent and even a teensy bit spicy with a slick of […]

San Marzano ‘Talo’ Primitivo di Manduria 2014 $25

Primitivo swings both ways and this sexy little sip errs on the sweet, spicy and super-smooth side as opposed to the more dusty, masculine, leathery examples out there. Named after the Talo family who grew the grapes which made the majority of the wine in this bottle, it’s a red that sings sweetly but has […]

Giesen Vineyard Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 $17.99 (3.5 stars)

This is a super-approachable pinot noir that’s really starting to hit its straps with a couple of years aging on it.  Bright, plush and cherry-driven, it’s bursting with cherries, berries and has a soft, gamey layer on the finish.  Lovely, lengthy and darn drinkable. www.advintage.co.nz

Black Stilt Waitaki Valley Riesling 2014 $22 (3.5 stars)

Waitaki sits on the border of North Otago and South Canterbury, and it’s one of the most remote and raw parts of the country.  It has a kind of other-worldly feel to it, and the quality of the wines that come from the lime-laden soils of Richie McCaw country have power, purity and personality to […]

Kidnapper Cliffs Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $54

Richard Painter is the winemaker responsible for this mind-numbingly gorgeous chardonnay.  The first sip made me want to get all Spinal Tap on it and turn my rating up to 11 out of 10. Vibrant and golden in the glass, with ripe, sexy grapefruit, peach and pineapple notes, it also possesses gunflint and quartzy, minerally […]

Man O’War Waiheke Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot 2014 $28 (4 stars)

Winemaker Duncan McTavish has stitched together a gorgeously bold blend of four Bordeaux varieties from their sun-baked vineyards overlooking Man O’War Bay. 18 months in oak has unleashed powerful aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice and spice that osmose into an invitingly soft palate packed with dark berries, bay leaf, chocolate and coffee and finishing with delicately […]

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