Coal Pit Central Otago Rosé 2017 $26.95 (4 stars)

With its enticing aromas of candyfloss, creaming soda and Eton Mess pudding, this shiny new pinot noir-based rosé also bursts with redcurrant, pink peppercorn and lipsmacking acidity. It’s a very complete wine, saturated with flavour while being delicate and stylish to the ‘nth’ degree. Sip with: pear and prosciutto salad. www.coalpitwine.com

Archangel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 $35 (4.5 stars)

There’s a word that immediately springs to mind when you sip this wine and that’s “whoompha!”.  Bold, dark berries, clouds of cocoa and cherry-soaked layers of flavour, this is a pinot noir that’ll have you howling at the moon.  Solid, furry tannins dial the chew-factor up to fifteen and winemaker Pete Bartle has really made […]

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Great pinot noir is moody and mysterious and versatile and magical and alluring and will give you the power to not click on all those soul-sapping yoga-app ads on Facebook. Coal Pit Central Otago Rosé 2017 $26.95 (4 stars) With its enticing aromas of candyfloss, creaming soda and Eton Mess pudding, this shiny new pinot […]

Bird Wines Big Barrel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $29.95 (4 stars)

Steve Bird employs the ‘Vernou Roll’ method to make this wine.  A process where he uses big old 900L barrels for fermentation and maturation.  Gently rolling the barrels regularly to allow greater integration of the oak flavours and the grippy, textural components.  Red rose, black cherry, smoke and a deeply succulent texture makes this one […]

Mazuran’s Vintage Port 1974 $P.O.A

Mazuran’s on Lincoln Road, West Auckland have been crafting port wines since the early 1940’s, and magnificently, have vintage ports still available to buy dating back to 1942.  They are the only New Zealand winery to distil its own grape brandy for fortifying its wines, many of which are made using 79-year-old vines.  79!  I […]

Quinta Da Romaneira Late Bottled Vintage LBV 2012 Unfiltered $54.90

This Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) is made from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca and Tina Cão grapes harvested in 2012.  Then it spent around five years in oak cask before being bottled without filtration (to preserve the fruit intensity).  I love the crazy walnut and blackcurrant aromas that wash into a rich, seriously spicy, […]

Yvonne Lorkin canvas column for Sat Nov 11 2017

You know the old saying, make sure you have a port in every girl… Quinta Da Romaneira 10 Year Old Tawny Port $64.90 Da Romaneira are one of the oldest Quintas in Portugals’ Douro Valley and this 10 YO Tawny is produced from a blend of  old ports made from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga […]

Mud House Woolshed Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $22

Mud House’s winemaker Cleighten Cornelius is obsessed with the fruit from their Woolshed vineyard, one sip of this and you’ll see why.  Planted 15 years ago in the Southern Valleys by Nev Gane (great name), the resulting sauvignon is packed with punchy passionfruit and lime, boasts a deliciously fleshy texture and bursts with buckets of […]

Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $27

Not a fan of masses of squinty acidity in your sauvignon?  Then fret no longer, this will keep you safe and sound.  Mellow in the mid palate, edged with soft passionfruit, lemongrass and limey notes, it’s got summer florals on the nose and a feisty finish. Sip with: Pea, mint and feta fritters. www.dogpoint.co.nz  

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column November 4 2017

“Sav me from myself” is a phrase I tend to utter repeatedly as the days stretch and the stress soaks in… Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $27 Not a fan of masses of squinty acidity in your sauvignon?  Then fret no longer, this will keep you safe and sound.  Mellow in the mid […]

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