Tony Bish Heartwood Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $35

The debut release this month from the chardonnay’s Commander in Chief is an exercise in pure balance and excess combined.  My quest for excellent chardonnay is basically what gets me up in the morning, so the day after sipping this, I had a blissful, snorey, sleep-in.   Fleshy, juicy, stonefruit notes combine with a whiff of […]

Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2016 $18.90 (4.5 stars)

If you’re looking for a bouncy, vivacious riesling that zings with flavour, you’ve come to the right spot because this new release from Hunter’s is so incredibly clean, fresh and limey.  With its snappy citrus and crushed shell notes, crunchy green apple and hints of honeysuckle, it’ll make any recipe featuring ginger, chilli, garlic and […]

Akarua RUA Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $25

Hugely spicy on the nose and palate, this shiny new southern star is heaving with hedgerow fruits, ripe cherry and berry notes, layers of leaf litter and sweet, succulent raspberry tea flavours.  Soft, sandy tannins add extra complexity. Sip with: Shredded Duck Burgers www.glengarrywines.co.nz

Fairhall Downs Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $23.75 (3.5stars)

From their Wrekin Road vineyard, comes this intensely herbaceous sauvignon, with loads of crushed nettles and a wave of jalapeno on the nose before morphing into a soft, basil, passionfruit and lemony layers in the mid-palate.  It’s a plump, tropical sauvignon that’ll win with mussel fritters. www.fairhalldowns.co.nz

Mon Cheval Waipara Gewurztraminer 2016 $29.99

Whoever said racehorses were a great way to lose money, clearly didn’t own ‘Under Cover Lover’, the champion racehorse who earned her owners enough cash to start their dream as winegrowers in Waipara’s Weka Pass. Very small amounts of this gewürztraminer were made by legendary winemaker CP Lin, and I love the ginger, musk and […]

Terra Sancta Central Otago Rosé 2016 $27.95

A super-pretty pinot noir-based rose from Central Otago with creaming soda aromatics, nectarine, plum and fresh herb notes give this wine lift alongside hints of cranberry and pomegranate. It has some nice density and presence on the palate, with a twang of strawberry on the finish. It’s a food-friendly style that is focused and rather […]

Jules Taylor Gisborne Rosé 2016 $24

How pretty is this wine! The double whammy of gorgeous crimson colour and a waft of strawberries and cream gives this wine some serious edge. 97% merlot and a splash of 3% pinot noir from Gisborne on the sunsoaked East Coast, creates a multi-sensory experience involving buckets of plum, cherry, watermelon and tangy tamarillo. The […]

Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016 $23

  A super-pretty pinot noir-based rose from Central Otago with creaming soda aromatics, plum and fresh herb notes, give this wine lift alongside hints of cranberry and pomegranate. It has nice density and presence on the palate and a twang of strawberry on the finish. It’s a food-friendly style that’s focused and rather fabulous. Sip […]

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2016 $22.99

When it comes to producing New Zealand’s first certified organic AND biodynamic pinot noir – the team at Richmond Plains can claim that victory.  Here they’ve taken ripe, handpicked pinot noir fruit, crushed it and quickly whisked the red skins away – so the wine remains white.  The aromas are of stonefruits, soft cherry and […]

Matahiwi Estate Wairarapa Chardonnay 2016 $23

I really love the bang and citrus tang of this wine. With nectarine and grapefruity intensity on the nose, and a squeak of smoke on the finish. Fresh, taut and citrusy, it’s exactly my kind of chardonnay. High winds around flowering time across the Wairarapa naturally keeping the yields in check, meaning those vines pour […]

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