Crossroads Milestone Series Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $17.50

Crossroads Milestone Series Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $17.50  A tangy, taut, trop-fest is about to hurl itself across your tastebuds.  Think pineapple, mango, a lick of lemon and a grapefruity kick brings the citrus into gear which holds all the flavours buoyant in the mouth.  A layer of toasted crumpet character indicates nicely managed oak […]

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $14.99 (2.5 stars) There’s a brisk burst of beeswax and manuka honey on the nose and palate indicating some botrytis infection in the wine, but that adds complexity to the wine.  Dry and spicy, it boasts the ususal suspects of pear and quince, but fails to deliver generosity in the […]

Alpha Domus Barnstormer Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $34

Syrah has been one of the Ham family’s show-off wines pretty much ever since they set up shop in the iron-rich, red gravels of the Bridge Pa Triangle, just a skip and a hop from Hastings city. The Barnstormer has a list of medals and trophies that should justify it being a bit of a […]

Pegasus Bay Encore Noble Riesling 2016 $40 (5 stars)

This succulent, incredibly sexy sip firmly sits top of the tree on the Classic Wines of New Zealand list insofar as sweet wines are concerned. Crafted only in years when the conditions are perfect for botrytis to take hold of the grapes and turn them into tiny lumps of magical nectar, this is an absolute […]

Astrolabe Sleepers Vineyard Marlborough Albariño 2016 $25 (4 stars)

Grown on a limestone-laden block WAY south in Kekerengu by Albarino-obsessives Chris and Lynne Wilson, this local version of a Spanish favourite has ‘Spring 2018’ written all over it. Clean white peach, lemon blossom, a dusting of almond and a long, soft, citrus-stacked finish will make you feel like you’ve just stepped out of a […]

Belasco Llama Old Vine Mendoza Malbec 2016 $26 (3.5 stars)

Argentinean malbec is one of my favourite things because it’s so meaty and savoury and loaded with spicy, charred, fleshy goodness. Belasco have malbec vines that are over 100 years old growing in the Lujan de Cuyo district and the contribution that fruit makes to this wine is other-worldly. Toasty, caramelised oak combines with plum, […]

Prophet’s Rock Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $39.99

Winemaker Paul Pujol has created an absolutely stunning pinot gris from fruit grown in their ‘schist-happens’ Rocky Point vineyard and the clay and chalk soils of their Home vineyard in Bendigo. Fermented using wild, indigenous yeasts and matured on its yeast lees, it has incredible freshness and purity, yet has a deep, smouldering complexity on […]

Peter Lehmann The Barossan Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016 $19.99

Glossy and inky in the glass, this shiraz delivers a sweet, plummy, roundhouse kick to your cakehole. Hints of toasted coconut merge with a smorgasbord of spices, buckets of berries and luxurious layers of cocoa-dusted character on the finish. Sip with: Classic lamb moussaka. www.vinofino.co.nz

Nockies Palette Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $36 (5stars)

Nockies Palette Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $36 (5stars) Butterscotch alert!  I love the classic roasty, toasty, buttered crumpet character in this wine.  Those flavours merge with grilled grapefruit, pineapple, a whiff of smoked stonefruit and spice.  The acidity is fresh and frisky and absolutely forces the flavour to extremes.  I love the complexity of this […]

I Am George Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016 $22 (4 stars)

George Wyndham is considered the founding father of shiraz in Australia, planting the grape in 1830. Winemaker Steve Meyer wanted to create a wine that was accessible to anyone, but captured the spirit of George – and here it is. Bursting with blackcurrant, plum and all manner of sweet, red fruits, it’s a warming, cuddly […]

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