Mt Rosa Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Mt Rosa Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $75  This is a sexy melange of wild cherry, rhubarb, rosehip tea and allspice.  Soft, sultry and ever-so-smoky, it’s a style that’s deeply concentrated, gamy and incredibly succulent.  Mouthwatering even.  It’s a delicious style that has incredible length of flavour and an elegant presence.  Love it!  Pricey, […]

Mt Rosa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Mt Rosa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $35 Incredibly aromatic, this Gibbston-grown pinot erupts with dusty cherry and berry and cocoa characters, plus theres a whiff of rosehip tea and sackloads of spice.  Mouthfeel-wise, where do I start?  Red fruits, currant and cranberry with hints of strawberry and rhubarb and a hint of black tea […]

Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $50  Stuffed with cranberry, redcurrant, rosehip tea, succulent acidity, slippery lithe mouthfeel, warming, luscious, lovely and spicy and velvety. It’s a classic, old vines, Central Otago style that works beautifully with roast beetroot soup and anything game-related.  It’s a juicy, spice-centric style that’s created from fruit grown by […]

Whistling Buoy Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Whistling Buoy Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 $25  Perfumed with the softest of pot pourri and peach stone, it feels like it’s going to be super-subtle as a wine style.  Then you put it in your mouth and holy moly!  It’s an explosion of crunchy-fresh acidity, guava, tropical tones, incredibly rich, zesty layers of flavour […]

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016 $65  Created from organically grown fruit and kicked off with a ferment straight from the vineyard, this cashew and citrus-forward chardonnay is their signature example and only produced in years when the fruit is perfect.  It’s big, real big.  Boasting caramelised oak notes, soft smoky characters, wild and […]

Hummel Villányi Hárslevelü 2016

Hummel Villányi Hárslevelü 2016 $poa (4.5 stars) Hárslevelü (pronounce it however you like my friend) is a grape native to Hungary and it’s also known as Lindenblättriger in Austria, (where there are also tiny plantings). The name means “linden leaves”, referring to the Linden tree, often called ‘Lime’ trees in English but bear absolutely no […]

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $29 I’m tasting this wine right as white flesh nectarines begin appearing in heaping quanitites on roadside fruit stalls around where I live, (Hastings, in case you were wondering) and this wine reminds me so much of their scent and the juicy intensity of biting into one.  […]

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $30 The name Saorsa is a Scottish Gaelic word that not only means but also represents a radical sense of freedom, liberty and salvation according to owner Alex Hendry.  Crafting just viognier and syrah, his 2016 vintage of syrah is very soft, very earthy, very smooth and lightly structured.  Savoury layers and hints of dried […]

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $65  Riflemans should be, in my opinion, given national treasure status for its services to chardonnay appreciation in this country.  Created in years when the fruit from this heritage-status vineyard in the upper reaches of the Dartmoor Valley, is deemed nothing less than exceptional, this wine is an exercise […]

Amisfield Central Otago Fumé Blanc 2016

Amisfield Central Otago Fumé Blanc 2016 $45 When people say ‘fumé blanc is sauvignon for chardonnay lovers’, they’re absolutely right.  Winemaker Dr Stephanie Lambert and her team have taken what must have been rather snappy sauvignon blanc fruit and opted to ferment it using wild yeasts, in large French oak barrels.  This in turn has given […]

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