Clearview Estate Hawke’s Bay Old Olive Block 2015 $39 (4 stars)

Here’s a rumpty, ribsticking blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and merlot from talented winemaking duo Matt Kirby and Rob Bregman.  It’s inky-dark and boosted with aromas of blackcurrant leaf, cocoa powder, intense cherry and berry notes and a pinch of pepper.  Succulent and juicy to drink, there’s a line of herbaceousness that cloaks […]

The Family Company Gisborne Viognier 2015 $25

When art dealer Gene Walker married Gisborne-based clothes designer and café owner Chelsea Thorpe, little did he know that soon he’d be in business making wine with her dad.  The Family Company are now one of Gisborne’s most exciting producers, crafting viognier (vee-yon-yay) perfumed with apricots, cardamom, jasmine and orange oil and showing ripe peach […]

Fox by John Belsham Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $26

This is a classic ‘berries and cream’ pinot noir, packed with pomegranate, red cherry and raspberry on the nose and palate.  However there’s also this really curious aroma of roasting pan juices and savoury, spicy notes in the background, all followed by a wave of super-fruitiness again on the finish.  It’s a lithe, luscious pinot […]

Ka Tahi Rangatira Gimblett Gravels Three Barrel Reserve Malbec 2015 $30

Glossy, inky dark and saturated with buckets of berries, vanilla, soft smoky notes and juicy, fleshy, savoury layers make this wine a contender for ribsticking rock star of the week for me.  Gentle, textural tannins and attractive tension between the acidity and alcohol (only 13.1% btw) make this Hawke’s Bay version of the Argentinean classic […]

Rivera Negroamaro Salento 2015 $16.99

Down in southern Puglia, negromaro is the most common red grape in the ground and it’s easy to see why its so loved.  Juicy, succulent, red cherry and berry layers combine with sweetly-spiced flavour saturation and terrifically taut texture in the mid palate. Sip with: Italian shredded beef sandwiches www.glengarrywines.co.nz

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

This is about as natural as it gets for gewurztraminer production. Nicola and Geoff Wright are organic pioneers in Gisborne and alongside not adding any herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, they’re also not adding any yeast, opting instead for wild, ‘natural’ yeasts to conduct the ferment. This results in a funkier, dryer style, laced with lychee […]

Te Pa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $19 (4.5 star)

Golden, glossy and gorgeous in the glass and a trophy winner weighing in at under $20 – how great is that?  Sweetly perfumed with roast pear and apple strudel notes, spice and lifted, peachy flavours.  It’s tangy and fruity to drink yet it finishes zesty and dry.  There’s a lovely zingy texture on that coats […]

Pa Road Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $16.99 (3.5 stars)

Here’s a great little introduction into Marlborough pinot noir, crafted by the McDonald family and the talented team at Te Pa Wines.  It’s spicy, juicy, loaded with cherry and savoury, hedgerow fruits and has an earthy, slightly suede-like finish.  Sip with classic, rosemary and garlic-studded roast lamb. www.thegoodwine.co.nz

Crazy By Nature Cosmo Red 2015 $26 (3.5 star)

Grown biodynamically by James Millton in Gisborne, this ‘field blend’ of Malbec, Syrah and a splash of Viognier is produced using special herbal, mineral and animal preparations and looking to the laws of nature. No herbicide, insecticide, systemic fungicide or soluble fertilizer was used, also no cultured yeasts or bacteria came within coo-ee of the […]

Unison Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015 $55 (4.5stars)

This wine may be from a ‘monster’ vintage, a vintage you’d expect to produce exclusively big, alcoholic, over-extracted wines.  Yet here we have elegance ‘wine-on-ified’.  Fresh pepper and vibrant plum and boysenberry backstroke through waves of vanilla and dried herbs.  The tannins are solid, yet stretchy and supple and it’s a wine that the team […]

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