Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $36 Direct from the jazz hands of master Bridge Pa syrah winemaker, Grant Edmonds, this is a plump, plush, softly-peppered style that is drinking darn nicely now.  Earthy, and with elaborately elastic tannins, this is supple and sumptuous.  Buy now, drink now or forever kick yourself.

Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2015

Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $36.99  You know how some chardonnay’s look great in the adverts and there’s a lot of marketing guffery and so you buy it.  But when it arrives it tastes like the same version of disappointment you get when you buy a dress off instagram, which, when delivered, is actually a sack […]

Obsidian Waiheke Island Vitreous 2015

Obsidian Waiheke Island Vitreous 2015 $31.50 A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this is how classic Bordeaux-style reds are composed.  Aromatically this wine is mindblowingly elegant and hearty at the same time.  I love the lithe, slippery texture, peppery mid-palate and marathon-like length of flavour. Gorgeous.

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris 2015 $20  Located in the leafy climes of West Melton, 20 mins or so drive west of Christchurch city, this pinot gris has a hint of botrytis character happening, honeyed notes, beeswax and some roast stonefruit showing through.  Doesn’t really show the classic nashi, pear, quince and apple characters that […]

Misha’s Vineyard Cantata Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 $30

A ‘cantata’ is a word for a vocal piece accompanied by an instrumental. A song basically. But this Olly Masters-made pinot noir from the vertigo-inducing slopes of Bendigo is definitely singing a more complex tune. Pale berry-coloured and scented with baked cherry and wild strawberries, it’s a fresh, frisky, spice-laced sip with grippy tannins and […]

Château Puygueraud Francs – Côtes de Bordeaux 2015 $39.99

Great Bordeaux for under fifty bucks? It can be done and this blend of 80% merlot, 15% cabernet franc and 5% malbec proves it. Pour it into a large glass and swirl it vigourously or decant it if you can. That’ll inject a whoomph of oxygen into the wine, accelerating the aromatics and plumping out […]

Anchorage Nelson Riesling 2015

Anchorage Nelson Riesling 2015 $18 This wine is definitely on the dry side.  In fact it’s so dry it’s practically skeletal if you like that sort of thing.  I like the lime intensity on the nose, however the palate is just too mean and skinny for me personally.  If you prefer your rieslings to exfoliate […]

Anciano Old Vines 35yo Garnacha 2015

Anciano Old Vines 35yo Garnacha 2015 $19.99 Here’s a comfortingly rich, round and rumpty Spanish Garnacha made from 35 y.o. vines from Calatayud.   Made by Norrel Robertson MW, it’s scented with cough drop characters, Irish Moss, anise, dutch cocoa and hints of saddle leather – all of which saturate onto the palate.  The acidity is fresh, finely tuned […]

Three Dark Horses Frank Ernest McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015 $50 (4.5 stars)

The three ‘dark horses’ are Matt Broomhead, his father and his grandfather Frank, who all decided on a handshake to go into the wine growing caper together around 8 years ago. This deeply inky shiraz is sourced from 70 year old bush vines grown in their Romano vineyard. Wild-fermented with 20% whole clusters and matured […]

Moi Wines Waimauku Cabernet Franc 2015 $32

Young winemaker Renée Dale managed to secure some rare cabernet franc fruit from the Twin Totara vineyard out in Waimauku, and then rose every day at 4am to plunge the ferment before heading over to her other job at Westbrook Wines. Were those red-eye starts worth it? Yessir! The palate has glorious dark berries, blackcurrant, […]

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