Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $24.95

Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $24.95  I love the aromas of freshly steamed broad beans, sweet peas, passionfruit curd and lemon in this wine.  They’re followed by the same and more on the palate, including herbaceous, lemongrassy goodness from their Gibbston site on the finish.  Winemaker Lynn Horton has captured all the good […]

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2017 $21 (4 stars)

It’s a rare thing in NZ to find rosé made from 100% cabernet franc and this one is a real cracker. Pretty, trout-pink in the glass, it bursts with raspberry marshmallow, watermelon and hints of cherry on the nose. There’s even a touch of creaming soda and tamarillo in there too. Fresh, succulent, saucy and […]

Tinpot Hut Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $22 (4.5 stars)

Tinpot Hut’s owner and winemaker Fiona Turner began developing her vineyard in the Awatere Valley with husband Hamish back in 2005. At 12 years old, the vines are maturing nicely. Named after the historic landmark frequented by local high country, Marlborough musterers, this super-sippable wine has won more awards than you can sling a screwcap […]

Georgetown Vineyard Cental Otago Pinot Rosé 2017 $29 (5 stars)

Georgetown Vineyard Cental Otago Pinot Rosé 2017 $29 (5 stars) Wow! This wine is absolutely heaving with wild strawberries, creaming soda and watermelon-like wonder. So fresh and racy, yet showing incredible depth of flavour, it’s a stunner. Produced from a single vineyard at the eastern end of the Kawarau Gorge, this wine is elegant yet […]

River-T Estate Waitaki Pinot Gris 2017 $22 (4.5 stars)

It’s got to be the limestone-laced, river gravels that these vines grow in that makes the wine so bouncy-fresh in the mouth. Think tangy nectarine, quince and nashi notes combining with speed-racer acidity and a lengthy, fruit-soaked finish. Cleansing and crunchy – I love it!

Two Rivers Brookby Hill Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $19.99 (4 stars)

The 2016 won a gold medal at the 2017 NZ International Wine Show because it seduced the judges with its nashi and nectarine nuances, prickly, sexy texture, sweet, ripe perfume and cleansing length of flavour. I reckon this new version is just as delicious. Made by the dangerously talented (and not shabby looking) Dave Clouston, […]

Colombo Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $24

Winemakers Baptist Sieber and Carolyn Irwin have created one of the tastiest darn sauvignon’s I’ve seen in AGES.  Sourced from their Te Muna Road and Martinborough Terrace vineyards, it’s round, ripe and bursting with peach, passionfruit and lemony lusciousness, it’s zingy, crunchy, fulsome and seriously sexy.  Martinborough sauvignon blanc has a reputation for terrific texture […]

Matahiwi Estate Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $22 (3.5 stars)

Using a parcel of fruit they’ve sourced from Hawke’s Bay, these skilled, Wairarapa-based producers have created a wine bursting with classic grilled grapefruit and lemony, smoked pineapple flavours.  It’s toasty and roasty and yet really fresh, plus it has a solid citrus backbone and a nutty core.  I think it’s a winner with chicken schnitzel […]

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $19.99 (5 stars)

Bright, herbaceous and with honkingly good length of flavour, it’ll come as no surprise upon your first sip why this wine walked away with a gold medal at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Classic passionfruit, lemonade and lime curd characters’ jostle with jalapeno, blackcurrant leaf and peapod notes to create a glass of […]

Hunter’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $21 (4.5 stars)

I really love the elderflower, lemon pith and passionfruit aromas and its plethora of deeply punchy and pungent flavours. Hunter’s are an absolute aristocrat when it comes to creating darn delicious sauvignon blanc, because they’ve seen it all and been through everything nature could possibly throw at them, so they know how to ensure that […]

Contact Me

Mobile: +64 21 379 877
Send me an email!

For information on how to submit wines for review Click here


Thirsty Work

Thirsty Work is now into its 4th series with episodes available to watch on demand
For info on how to view any of our previous series episodes please email me


Thirsty Work teaser