Yvonne Lorkin CANVAS column for Sat 16 Sept 2017 – Central Otago wines

Central Otago might reside at the bottom of the world, but its aromatic whites are interstellar… Archangel Stephania Central Otago Riesling 2015 $25 Zenek Zurakowski has cleverly added the official International Riesling Foundation sweetness scale to his back label, clearly indicating this is definitely on the dry end of the spectrum. Lifted green apple and […]

Maude Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $26.99

Central Otago has serious talent when it comes to hitting the stage with class-act pinot gris. Brand new and framed with an elegant line of nashi and quince, this new release is delicately fruity, with a lovely chalky texture and cleansing finish. Sourced from vineyards growing at the foot of Mount Maude in Wanaka and […]

Ted by Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Blanc 2016 $24.99

Pinot blanc is such a rare thing in this country, but Duncan Forsyth and Anna Riederer are experts at crafting some of the best year after year. It’s a complex little number, with summer wild flowers, white peach, walnut flesh and soft, exotic spices alongside a squeak of honeysuckle which adds a frill to the […]

Archangel Stephania Central Otago Riesling 2015 $25

Zenek Zurakowski has cleverly added the official International Riesling Foundation sweetness scale to his back label, clearly indicating this is definitely on the dry end of the spectrum. Lifted green apple and luscious lime aromas literally leap from the glass and then they rip across the tongue leaving a wake of wet stone and quartzy, […]

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column for Sat Sept 9 2017

It’s been a nuts week right? Calm the farm by giving your taste buds a chardonnay cuddle to show them you still care. Ara Single Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $17 The Ara vineyard sits at the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai rivers, a beautifully laidout piece of land where the vines are left to […]

Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Old Vine Chardonnay 2016 $47

If you’ve been seeking creamy satisfaction in all the wrong places, then fret no more. 100% malolactic fermentation has added lovely layers of crème caramel and ground almonds to classic citrus and grapefruity, peachy goodness to this fully-certified organic chardonnay. Crafted from fruit grown on vines planted in 1992, Mendoza clone vines with low yields, […]

Abbey Estate Bridge Pa Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015 $25

Back in 2002 when Feilding dairy farmer Warren Haworth reached 50, he decided to reward himself and his wife Jan with a new life in Hawke’s Bay making wine. A new life of backbreaking work, little reward and even less sleep. But with the help of their winemaker son Dermot, they’re now crafting gobsmackingly good […]

Ara Single Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $17

The Ara vineyard sits at the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai rivers, a beautifully laidout piece of land where the vines are left to ‘dry-grow’, meaning they don’t get a constant irrigation feed, instead their roots are forced to bury deep to find water. In chardonnay, this results in incredible fruit concentration and stylistic […]

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column for Saturday 2nd August 2017

Looking for wines that’ll absolutely slay when the sun comes out? This triple-threat has Spring in its sights… Starborough Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $18.99 Incredibly juicy and tropical, this is a passionfruit and lime fest if ever I tasted one. But the other thing I love about this wine is that it’s SO textural. Produced […]

Graham Norton’s Own “Pink by DesiGN” New Zealand Rosé 2017 $18.99

Here’s a case of ‘norton hemisphere meets southern hemisphere’ where the eponymous Mr Norton has totally embraced the winemaking process AND agreed to pretty much every example of word play possible on the use of his initials. Crafted from pinot noir sourced from around the country, it’s been given just enough time on its skins […]

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