Kelly Washington Wairau Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Kelly Washington Wairau Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $36  Aromas of freshly-baled pea-hay, lemongrass and soft, white pepper characters co-exist with lime and nettle notes in a beautifully balanced, mineral-driven mouthfeel that is just delicious. Certified organic and very classy in the glass, I really wish I could confidently say that New Zealanders will pay […]

Huntress Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017

Huntress Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 $49 Winemaker Janine Rickards is the ultimate huntin, fishin, divin’ drivin’ damsel (just check out her rugged and rustic instagram pics), and I love what she does with her Huntress wines.  Hand harvested fruit from clones 5, 828 and Abel clones has been used,  20% of which has been whole cluster co-fermented […]

Te Kairanga Runholder Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017

Te Kairanga Runholder Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 $28 I think this could very well be my favourite vintage of Runholder.  Plush, lush and packed with flavour, it roars with cherry, cranberry, rosehip tea and layers of earthy cocoa characters on the palate.  While it’s slippery and silky to sip, it also has powdery, emery-like tannings […]

Tinpot Hut Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2017

Tinpot Hut Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2017 $28  Winemaker Fiona Turner has worked her magic on this stylishly sticky, sweet wine that carries candied citrus, toffee apple and heavenly honey notes on the nose and palate.  Fresh and flirtatious, it’s seriously sweet, yet finely tuned and beautifully balanced.  Great stuff! www.tinpothut.co.nz

Caythorpe Family Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Caythorpe Family Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $24.99  From the Bishell family farm comes a shiny new vintage of pinot noir that definitely leans on the lighter side of the fence.  Scented with raspberry, cranberry, strawberry and pretty much every other red fruit imaginable, this wine shows softness, silkiness and a dangerously easy, eensy-weensy-spicy finish. […]

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chenin Blanc 2017 $45 5stars

The Naish family planted chenin blanc on their ‘Home’ vineyard back in 2011, and the vines thrive under the baking Waipara sun and those wild Nor’Easter winds. This is the fourth vintage made by their winemaker, Nicholas Brown, an obsessive fan of wines from the Mid-Loire Valley in France (where chenin and cabernet franc are […]

Music Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $16

Music Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $16  Here’s a crispy, crunchy little quaffer which shows all the hallmarks of good gris, ie. pear, apple, quince and some spice.  It’s not a complicated wine, simple and sippable.

Dry Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Dry Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $29 Pinot Noir grown in Alexandra has its own personality and pluck.  Dry Gully are totally dependable to produce solid, cheek-slappingly glorious pinot noir year after year.  Intense cherry, tamarillo, tea leaf and rosehip tea all crash across the palate and leave a comet-tail of spice on the […]

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017 $21.99 Punchy and peppery right upfront then followed by juicy raspberry and cherry and light leathery, earthy notes on the palate.  It’s a great introduction to good, affordable, Gimblett Gravels syrah and as soon as you’ve tasted it you’ll be hooked!

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014v While I’m pretty sure the 2018 is out in the market now, there’s still a fair bit of the 2017 lurking around, so I thought I’d taste it again.  While the aromas are quite attractive (think bruised basil, capsicum, passionfruit, peach) – the palate is all a bit meh.  There’s […]

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