Jackson Estate Somerset Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $48 (5 stars)

Whenever the team at Jackson Estate choose to release a Somerset, I get very excited. Having slept quietly in the bottle for the last few years, the 2013 is now ready to rock and it’s a beautiful thing. Sourced from old, gnarly vines growing in unirrigated, clay-stacked soils in the Waihopai Valley, the wine shines […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Yvonne Lorkin NZME Regionals Column for Week beginning Sat Aug 4th 2018

This week’s bought a smorgasbord of treats on the wine front. It’s as if with the arrival of August, everyone’s pulled on their positive pants and decided that they’re on the home stretch out of this wet and weird winter. Most of the wines I’ve seen have been really fresh, exciting and really good examples […]

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

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)

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Massena The Moonlight Run Barossa Valley Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2016 $41 (4 stars)

With its clutch of 5-star endorsements from wine critics around the globe, this Rhone-style blend from the mad but brilliant folk at Massena, is just the ticket for hot August nights (yes it’s winter, but I’ve always wanted to weave a Neil Diamond lyric into a tasting note). Inky-dark, earthy, spice-driven and soaked through with […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 28 July 2018

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 […]

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