Moutere Hills Single Vineyard Nelson Syrah 2015 $35

Lean and lifted, green peppercorn, violets, plush red berryfruits and truckloads of spice burst out of the glass and merge with fresh, elegant plum and cocoa characters and it leaves slippery, succulent, mouthwatering finish. Sip with: Peppery duck liver pate

Millton Riverpoint Gisborne Viognier 2015 $26

Here’s a lovely mandarin-massaged viognier from the sun-soaked East Coast that you can really wrap your chops around.  Perfect to serve with salty, savoury dishes, this organic, biodynamically-grown wine oozes citrus oil, apricot kernel, grapefruit zest and reveals a clean, succulent mouthfeel and a ribbon-like mouthfeel. Sip with: paper thin slices of prosciutto

Jovly Vouvray 2015 $22.50

I LOVE the aroma of baked granny smith apples, grilled peaches, hints of cinnamon, honeysuckle and a twang of pineapple.  All of which instantly osmose onto the palate and leave a juicy, fresh, almost exfoliating texture on the finish.  Generous, succulent and intensely satisfying. Sip with: twice cooked, five spice pork belly

Meyer-Näkel Illusion Blanc de Noir AHR 2015 $49

I LOVE this wine!!  A wine I’d never heard of until this month is now one of my favourite things in the world.  Located in the Ahr Valley, one of Germany’s oldest, northernmost and smallest wine regions, Näkel are pinot specialists growing on a tiny 18ha site on steep, south-facing slopes of greywacke and weathered […]

COS Frappato 2015 $39

This is the very first time I’ve tasted anything made from the Frappato grape, and it’s a revelation. COS, is a fully biodynamic, ‘natural’ wine producer in Sicily, named after the surnames of the three founders, friends Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Pinuccia Strano and launched in 1980. It is “pregno” with plush raspberry, cherry, […]

Greystone Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $39.00

It’s been 11 years since the Thomas family first put vines in the ground at Greystone and then harvested for this vintage.  The chardonnay is now really hitting its straps.  Rich and golden in the glass and smelling of, oh lord, just the most delicious melange of almond biscuits rubbed with grapefruit pith and dipped […]

Mahi Ward Farm Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $29.90

Mahi’s Brian Bicknell is the happiest man in all of Marlborough.  I say this because I’ve never seen him without a massive grin on his face.  But what’s not to smile about when your wines turn out like this.  Sourced from a vineyard in Ward, a small community 8km from the sea just south of […]

Framingham Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $25

For the longest time I was such a vehement fan of Framingham’s rieslings that I forgot they were brilliant at producing pretty much every other variety under the sun too. Take this chardonnay for example.  Gorgeous grapefruit, pineapple and peach layers buoy a backbone of creamy, brulee, cashew and panforte characters on the palate. Grown […]

Chard Farm Judge & Jury Central Otago Chardonnay 2015 $39

Most people carefully pick their way along the vertigo-inducing driveway leading to Chard Farm, praying for a punch-in-the-face pinot noir to calm their nerves.  Whereas I think the perilous journey is more than well-rewarded with this outstanding chardonnay instead.  Grown on their Lowburn vineyard, the fruit produces a solid mineral and spice backbone to stitch […]

Diemersdal Dubanville Pinotage 2015 $25

Just because it has pinot noir as it’s Dad, don’t be lulled into thinking pinotage going to be safe as a cardigan and slippers, oh no. Its mum is crazy old cinsault and she injects some meaty tannins, deep plum, concentrated berry and chocolate flavours, which make this an utterly unputdownable (technical term there) red […]

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