Ara Resolute Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $22.99 (5 stars)

Oh wow! This is the kind of sauvignon blanc that gives me goosebumps. Absolutely heaving with herbaceous, lemongrassy lusciousness, passionfruit and sweaty, grassy goodness. Ripe, rich and rocking the lemonade and lime notes in every sip. Sourced from fruit grown in the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai Rivers in Marlborough, it’s lifted and lovely […]

J. Riehl Vin D’Alsace Riesling 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

Classic Germanic riesling style here, with loads of green apple and manuka honey notes, a layer of herbaceousness and white pepper and a long, tangy finish. It’s a great introduction to Alsatian riesling that’s on the crisp, dry scale of the spectrum and it’s a good choice to sip with chickpea and paneer korma. www.winedirect.co.nz

Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $22.99 (3.5 stars)

If you’re looking for a lightly-styled, lush, plush pinot noir that’s sewn together with spice, and rosehip tea, then this may be for you. It’s slippery and soft, with an earthy undertone and decent length of flavour and if you’re magicking up some creamy mushroom pasta then here’s your match. For stockists near you phone […]

Young Estate Bettie Bubbles Methode Traditionelle NV $34 (3.5 stars)

Hayley Young is the talent behind this golden, Gisborne-grown fizz which has had a couple of years to develop in the bottle. Subtle aromas of crushed cashews and rising dough surrender to soft citrus and caramelized characters which follow through on the palate. It’s a lightly-styled sparkles that has notes of baked apple on the […]

Te Hera Reserve Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $42 (5 stars)

Prepare for a spice overload in this certified organic example from the lovely John Douglas at Te Hera. I say ‘lovely’ because he is quite possibly the smiliest man in all the Wairarapa. What he’s able to produce from his tiny Te Muna Terraces site is year-after-year is reliably delicious, like he’s some sort of […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 21 April 2018

I remember a decade ago watching a programme called ‘Full-On Food’ on Food TV. It was hosted by a flame-haired foodie of Australian extraction by the name of Roxy Beaujolais. She’d come from running the front desk at Ronnie Scotts, to cooking and then becoming the landlady of a spectacular pub called the Seven Stars […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 14th April 2018

I would never in a million years have thought that I could reduce my energy footprint by powering my laptop with a glass of wine. I read an interesting snippet in www.thedrinksbusiness.com about American chip maker Intel unveiling a processor powered by wine. This processor is the brainchild of Intel’s in-house anthropologist (every company should […]

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $20 (4 stars)

Steady yourself for a tsunami of citrus, punchy passionfruit, luscious lemonade and a long, long, long (did I say long?) flavoursome finish. Crafted by the good folk at Pegasus Bay wines, this is a lovely example of the North Canterbury style. Yummo! www.pegasusbay.com

Osawa Wines Prestige Collection Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $50 (4.5 stars)

Osawa’s chardonnay vines send their roots down deep into the soils on a river terrace about 30 minutes west of Hastings, where the boulders along the rows are so big they’re called “Mangatahi Swedes” by the local farmers. With aromas of grilled grapefruit, struck match, flinty intensity and lemony notes – it’s hard to pull […]

Little Angel Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $20.00 (3 stars)

I love this pinot gris because its so subtle and gentle and crisp and showing lovely pear and baked apple and hints of toasty, creamy spices. Crafted by the good folk at boutique Bladen wines, it’s a really crowd-pleasing style. www.bladen.co.nz

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