Bird Wines Big Barrel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $29.95 (4 stars)

Steve Bird employs the ‘Vernou Roll’ method to make this wine.  A process where he uses big old 900L barrels for fermentation and maturation.  Gently rolling the barrels regularly to allow greater integration of the oak flavours and the grippy, textural components.  Red rose, black cherry, smoke and a deeply succulent texture makes this one […]

Pulpoloco Campo De Borja Rosado 2015 $9.99 (3 stars)

Created from 100% Grenache grapes grown in Spain’s Campo de Borja D.O, this is a super-fruity, raspberry and cherry-saturated rosé that smells and tastes like peppercorns soaking in a glass of creaming soda.  Spicy-sweet, yet nicely balanced acidity – tangy and a good little quaffer for sure. www.advintage.co.nz

Castaño Yecla Monastrell Rosado 2015 $10.99 (3 stars)

Made at high altitude in Spain’s Yecla D.O district, this has the most gorgeous colour, almost like a negroni cocktail colour and has aromas of quince, yellow fruits, ultra-clean, tangy pomegranate and redcurrant. Complex tannins – beautifully complex, full, delicious, lovely. www.thegoodwine.co.nz

Jip Jip Rocks Padthaway Shiraz 2015 $18.99 (4.5 stars)

It’s an absolute blackcurrant fest on the nose, blackcurrants marinating in a bowl made from eucalyptus leaves. Bright cherry and raspberry and boysenberry and practically every berry you can think of is in this wine. Pepper, refreshing acidity, furry tannins and fabulously warm, fuzzy length of flavour. It’s an elegant as opposed to sweet and […]

Famille Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2015 $41 (4 stars)

The immediate punch-in-the-face of pear, green apple, quince paste in this brand new release of an Alsace icon will be something you’ll relish.  Luscious and exotically spicy, with honeysuckle, fabulous fruit weight and delicious drive across the palate.  100% pinot gris grown in the Riquewihr district has produced a lovely example, which may have tiny […]

Pask Declaration Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2015 $40 (4.5 stars)

Absolutely rocketing out of the gate from a standing start comes this shiny new chardonnay from one of Hawke’s Bay’s elite producers. Declaration wines are only produced in exceptional vintages and the 2014 won a trophy at the largest wine show in the world the 2017 IWSC and the 2015 will do great things too. […]

Te Mania Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $22 (4 stars)

I’ve been told by winemaker Lars Jensen, that this is a favourite amongst the winery staff and that they’re having to fast track the next vintage because it’s all being consumed in house!  That’s hardly surprising because it’s a lovely drop.  Fresh nectarine and toasty, buttered crumpet flavours are dusted with cinnamon and dolloped with […]

Viento Aliseo Rosado 2015 $15.99

Organic, biodynamically crafted rosé or ‘rosado’ here from the folk at Dominio De Punctum in Spain’s La Mancha region.  Made from 100% bobal grapes (the name derives from ‘bovale’ after the bull’s head shape of the bunches).  Pale, ballet shoe pink and showing strawberry shortcake and pink peppercorn aromas, it’s got a saucy, slightly salty […]

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $23.99 (5 stars)

Punchy and perfumed with black tea, spice and ripe plummy notes, this is a slippery, succulent, super-easy, red fruited refresher.  Fresh and youthful as opposed to those super-earthy, leathery, horsey, sweaty pinots that are out there.  Bright, breezy and easy-pleasy. www.glengarrywines.co.nz  

Millton Opou Vineyard Gisborne Riesling 2015 $28

Organic, biodynamically-grown goodness here from East Coast icons James and Annie Millton.  At just 8.5% alc, it’s retained a hefty whack of natural, honeysuckle-like sweetness which harmoniously connects with zesty, citrus-led freshness, apple, lime and all-round loveliness. Sip with: chicken tikka marsala. www.millton.co.nz

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