Moutere Hills Single Vineyard Nelson Syrah 2015 $35

Lean and lifted, green peppercorn, violets, plush red berryfruits and truckloads of spice burst out of the glass and merge with fresh, elegant plum and cocoa characters and it leaves slippery, succulent, mouthwatering finish. Sip with: Peppery duck liver pate www.mouterehills.co.nz

Johner Gladstone Syrah 2013 $50

Reds-wise, people tend to think the Wairarapa is pinot noir country, but sensational syrah is their secret little talent.  Earthy, gamey aromatic layers of smoke, old leather, cocoa and pepper entice the nose and osmose into the palate leaving a juicy, succulent and seriously savoury impression. Sip with: Strong, crumbly aged cheddar www.johner-estate.com

The Landing Bay of Islands Syrah 2013 $38

Wow!  Grown atop the so-beautiful-it’s-unreal Purerua Peninsula in the Bay of Islands and crafted by the legendary Rod MacIvor at Marsden Estate in Kerikeri, this syrah has alluring aromas of vanilla-spiced plum and lush, dark berryfruits, followed by a velvety-smooth, densely concentrated mouthfeel and finish. Sip with: slivers of venison salami www.thelandingvineyard.com

Canvas column week commencing 26th October, 2016

So you thought Hawke’s Bay and Waiheke had Syrah all sewn up?  Well here are three little lovelies from less well-known zones… The Landing Bay of Islands Syrah 2013 $38 Wow!  Grown atop the so-beautiful-it’s-unreal Purerua Peninsula in the Bay of Islands and crafted by the legendary Rod MacIvor at Marsden Estate in Kerikeri, this […]

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 […]

Millton Riverpoint Gisborne Viognier 2015 $26

Here’s a lovely mandarin-massaged viognier from the sun-soaked East Coast that you can really wrap your chops around.  Perfect to serve with salty, savoury dishes, this organic, biodynamically-grown wine oozes citrus oil, apricot kernel, grapefruit zest and reveals a clean, succulent mouthfeel and a ribbon-like mouthfeel. Sip with: paper thin slices of prosciutto www.millton.co.nz

Kalex Bendigo Terrace Dry Riesling 2014 $32

Wow! Lime alert! This southern star smashes through the palate with green apple and quartz-powder, mineral-driven mouthfeel that lingers long and will send your saliva glands into overload. The citrus intensity is one thing, but the honeysuckle and hints of biscuit really add to the complexity of this wine in the mouth. It’s a clean, […]

Canvas column week commencing 12th November, 2016

How to turn your life into a Spring-fest in two seconds flat?  Just twist the cap on any one of these wow-inducing white wines.  Easy. Kalex Bendigo Terrace Dry Riesling 2014 $32 Wow! Lime alert! This southern star smashes through the palate with green apple and quartz-powder, mineral-driven mouthfeel that lingers long and will send […]

Champalou Vouvray 2014 $31

It’s the aroma of subtle spices, rain drops on hot stones and creamy stonefruit which seduces you from the get go.  Yet don’t be lulled into thinking it’s going to be sweet because there’s a solid seam of acidity which slices across the palate like a samurai sword.  The freshness and purity on show in […]

La Croix de Maunay Vouvray 2014 $22.50

There’s a lovely slap of tangy, natural sweetness in this apple-packed sensation.  Summer flowers, ripe nectarine and homemade lemonade notes leap from the glass and it’s practically impossible to put down once you’ve had that first sip.   Tropical, clean, fruit-saturated and stunning. Sip with: blue cheese and herb soufflé www.mvauron.co.nz

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