McPherson Family Vineyards Andrew McPherson Shiraz 2018

McPherson Family Vineyards Andrew McPherson Shiraz 2018 This fresh and frisky shiraz has blackcurrant and cherry and wheelbarrow-loads of spice and flavour.  Think plum and caramelised oak and robust, peppery characters make this shiraz (named after Andrew McPherson who, together with his brother Jock in 1968) A consumate host and huge shiraz fan, Andrew gave […]

McPherson Wines Bella Luna Victoria Nero D’Avola 2018

McPherson Wines Bella Luna Victoria Nero D’Avola 2018 This little piece of Victoria with vavoom, is the perfect introduction to the nero d’avola grape.  It’s softly fruited on the nose, sweet fruit saturation, hints of cocoa and clove wash across the palate and the finish is juicy, plush and plump and dangerously easy to drink. […]

Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Albariño 2018

Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Albariño 2018 $28 This is New Zealand’s version of the best of what Spain can offer, incredibly focused, pure and dry and heaving with lemon and oyster shells.  Sourced from the Bridge Pa region, in their iron-rich, red gravels, the acidity is like all the cutty-grass (or pampas grass if […]

Montsable Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2018

Montsable Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2018 $19.95 You cannot even know how happy I am to see this shiny new vintage of one of my favourite, sip-tastic chardonnays. Typically golden in the glass and heaving with lemon and grapefruity goodness, this gorgeous French chardonnay from the Languedoc (long-wah-dock) region is clean, juicy and jam-packed […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2018

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2018 $30 Golden and glossy in the glass and one swirl will reveal exotic aromas of ginger, rose water, white pepper, guava and a hunt of musk. To drink, it has a splash of natural sweetness, yet it’s crisp and juicy, not blowsy and broad – like a lot of […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $30 If you’re not familiar with the eye-rollingly lovely ‘petrichor’ perfume, then stick your nose deep into a glass of this shiny new syrah from one of Hawke’s Bay’s brightest producers and relish that rain-on-hot-asphalt aroma. Boosted with black currant, bay leaf, violets and a smorgasbord of savory layers […]

Petane Station Tracks Block Viognier 2018

Petane Station Tracks Block Viognier 2018 $30 Viognier (pronounced Vee Yon Yay) is one of my favourite things. Like clean, sunshine-dried sheets and emails from work saying “you’ve been paid”. It’s a scary, lots-can-go-wrong grape, yet Philip Barber appears to have some sort of shamanistic supremacy over this site, because the resulting wine is crunchy-fresh […]

Petane Station Puriri Block Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

Petane Station Puriri Block Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 You know how when you watch a ballerina perform the five foot positions, it’s hypnotic, captivating.  Every time, the dancer delivers elegance, elongation, delicacy, and interest. That’s what this chardonnay brings to your brain and senses. Perfumed with white nectarine, cashew butter and toasted crumpets, then delivering […]

Saving Grace Waipara Chardonnay 2018

Saving Grace Waipara Chardonnay 2018 $27 This chardonnay is grown under the shadow of the Nor’West Arch in a spot sheltered by the Teviotdale hills.  Classic North Canterbury chardonnay here, with peachy, brulee and cashew characters on the nose and palate and a lingering, creamy mouthfeel. You won’t see much of it about as it’s […]

Mills Reef Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

Mills Reef Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $19 Bright and floral and fanging with violets and cherry and all sorts of spices on the nose, this fresh and feisty syrah has ripe plum, raspberry and cranberry characters on the palate.  The tannins are easy, elastic and ever-so-powdery, plus there’s a softness on the finish.  Superb […]

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