Manincor Réserve della Contessa Terlano 2016 $40 (5 stars)

Imported by Oh So Pretty wines, here’s a beautifully dry and delicious blend of 60% pinot blanc, 30% chardonnay combined with 10% sauvignon blanc sourced mainly from Manincor’s vineyards in Terlan, with a teensy splash of fruit from Kaltern. Both of these areas are in Südtirol, Northern Italy, and it’s like you can taste the […]

Avelada Reserva da Familia Minho Alvarinho 2016 $36

While most imported albariño we see in NZ comes from Spain’s Rias Baixas region, fans of the grape will be chuffed to know that there are some right rumpty Portuguese versions around also. Using fruit from Minho, in the Vinho Verde region, Aveleda ferment it in a combo of large oak barrels and stainless steel […]

House of Ball Waipara Grüner Veltliner 2016 $29

Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented with wild yeasts, just 470 bottles were made of this Austrian white variety that also has no free sulphur and is unfined and unfiltered, so expect a teensy haze in the bottle when pouring.   Funky and frisky, manuka honey and beeswax combine with summer wildflowers, lemon pith and all manner of […]

Huia Single Vineyard Marlborough Dry Riesling 2016 $32 (4.5 stars)

If you imagine a tiny samurai armed with lime-flavoured floss, whipping it across your tastebuds, then you’re coming close to the immediate sensation of sipping this wine. Crafted by one of New Zealand’s organic aristocrats – this riesling is incredibly zippy, honeysuckle and mandarin and quartz-edged triumph. Love it! www.huiavineyards.com

Massena The Moonlight Run Barossa Valley Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2016 $41 (4 stars)

With its clutch of 5-star endorsements from wine critics around the globe, this Rhone-style blend from the mad but brilliant folk at Massena, is just the ticket for hot August nights (yes it’s winter, but I’ve always wanted to weave a Neil Diamond lyric into a tasting note). Inky-dark, earthy, spice-driven and soaked through with […]

The Fifth Innings Limited Release Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $59

Only 600 bottles were made of this wine and they’re all individually numbered. While numbers are things you can count on, safety is definitely not on the agenda for this chardonnay. It’s huge in every respect and those with a delicate constitution may opt for something more tame because this wine will ruck and maul […]

Alpha Domus The Skybolt Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $26.00

This is the second vintage of Skybolt, a chardonnay that’s like a fruity mcfruitface upfront on the palate, yet a tweak of French oak I love how the classic grapefruit and roast peach flavours are edged with hints of coconut and spice and then followed by a long, creamy finish. Winemaker Barry Riwai is a […]

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $14.99

There’s a really spicy, almost ginger-like kick to this chardonnay, which clearly has the ‘cheap and cheerful, crowd-pleaser’ flag flying from its screwcap. If you’re looking for bags of toasty oak and creamy, buttery bodaciousness then you won’t find it here, this wine is all about the tangy tropical fruit and popcorn pluckiness on the […]

Steininger Langenlois Kamptal Grüner Veltliner 2016 $29

Grüner Veltliner (groo-ner felt-leener) is the signature white grape of Austria, and the Langenlois-based Steininger family have been producing it in the beautiful Kamptal Valley for generations. Incredibly brisk and bracing and bursting with Golden Delicious apple, elderflower, pure white pepper and a flick-flack of fennel on the tongue, this is a crisp, precise and […]

Kahurangi Estate Nelson Dry Riesling 2016 $15.80 (3.5 stars)

Wow this riesling is so dry and bony it’s practically skeletal – so those who love masses of lime in their wine will be happy campers with every sip. It has intense green apple notes, buckets of squinty acidity and acres of zesty, quartzy minerality on the finish. www.kahurangiwine.com  

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