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, […]

Moutere Hills Nelson ‘Chendoza’ Chenin Blanc 2015 $34

While it says ‘chenin blanc’ on the front label, this is actually a curious blend of chenin blanc and Mendoza-clone chardonnay, grown on the Moutere clay gravels of Rusty Rayne and Lisa Goodson’s Nelson vineyard. Toasty, apple-pie aromas merge with roast peach, almond meal and rich, grilled-grapefruit characters come from 11 months maturation in French […]

Seresin Marlborough Chardonnay Reserve 2015 $43

Michael Seresin established his winery in 1992 with a vision to create certified organic, biodynamically-produced beauties in a bottle. For their flagship Reserve, the chardonnay barrels from their Raupo vineyard are tasted a year after vintage and only the best are tucked away for another six months. It’s as elegant as Meghan Markle’s dress, Maid […]

Urlar Select Parcels Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $29 (5 stars)

This is an absolutely stunning example of a softly, beautifully balanced, barrel fermented style that’s organically and biodynamically produced. I love that it has aromas of fresh pollen, subtle lime, marzipan and lemongrass rather than the traditional passionfruit and cats pee. Deliciously textural and showing soft herbaceousness, nutty notes and a layer of freshy-baled hay-like […]

Toño Mas O Menos 2015 $17.95 (3.5 stars)

Crafted by local lad Antony Mackenzie, Toño (Ton Yo) are a new twist on Spanish wines being grown in sunny Hawke’s Bay and it’s also the nickname of ‘Antonio’ in the Spanish language. This blend includes 55% Syrah, 30% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. ‘Mas o Menos’ means ‘More or Less’ which is the case as […]

Sons Of Eden Remus Eden Valley Old Vine Shiraz 2015 $84.99

This wine scooped the trophy for the Best Shiraz at the recent Winewise Championship, an exclusive show only open to wines that’ve won gold medals at major city wine shows in Australia. It’s a competition to find the best of the best and this wine has done the unheard of – it’s won it twice […]

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