Matawhero First Sun Gisborne Rosé 2018 $39.95 (3.5 stars)

August 7, 2018By Yvonne

What’s better than a bottle of crisp, snappy, fruit-soaked rosé? An even bigger bottle that’s what! Now it might be the middle of winter, but the team at Matawhero reckon it’s time they release their tribute to growing grapes in the first place that sees the sun each day. Made from merlot grapes, this has … Read More

Matahiwi Estate Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2018 $22.90 (4.5 stars)

August 7, 2018By Yvonne

I am head over heels with this wine. Not because I naturally have the hand-eye coordination of a one legged pirate with glaucoma and a bad case of OOS, but because the exotic, pear strudel and apple pie richness of this gris has seriously got me in its grip. White peach, soft spices and a … Read More

Huia Single Vineyard Marlborough Dry Riesling 2016 $32 (4.5 stars)

July 28, 2018By Yvonne

If you imagine a tiny samurai armed with lime-flavoured floss, whipping it across your tastebuds, then you’re coming close to the immediate sensation of sipping this wine. Crafted by one of New Zealand’s organic aristocrats – this riesling is incredibly zippy, honeysuckle and mandarin and quartz-edged triumph. Love it! www.huiavineyards.com

Matavino Amelia Matakana Viognier 2017 $25 (3.5 stars)

July 28, 2018By Yvonne

You might imagine the little squiggle on the label is a graphic depiction of the ups and downs of working with nature. I prefer to think of it as a vine tendril left over on the wires post-pruning – much more obvious. Winegrower Jim Hight reckons Matakana is a great spot to grow viognier of … Read More

Three Dark Horses Frank Ernest McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015 $50 (4.5 stars)

July 28, 2018By Yvonne

The three ‘dark horses’ are Matt Broomhead, his father and his grandfather Frank, who all decided on a handshake to go into the wine growing caper together around 8 years ago. This deeply inky shiraz is sourced from 70 year old bush vines grown in their Romano vineyard. Wild-fermented with 20% whole clusters and matured … Read More

Sons of Eden Selene Barossa Valley Tempranillo 2014 $54.95 (5 stars)

July 28, 2018By Yvonne

The ‘sons’ happen to be young winemakers Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham and they’ve named this wine after the Greek Goddess of the moon, fertility and productivity, which is all very lovely. However I really love the aromas of dark berries and salted caramel, saddle leather and its whiff of old sawmill. It’s also incredibly … Read More

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 28 July 2018

July 28, 2018By Yvonne

I’d normally kick off this column with something to do with wine because, well, it’s a wine column. However those that know me, know that I’m also an enormous beer fan – not just ‘craft’ beer either. I’m a fan of well-made beer no matter where it comes from. Through my work at Dish magazine … Read More