Little Wing Waiheke Island Syrah 2016

Little Wing Waiheke Island Syrah 2016 $60 This is Gillian and Gareth MacLachlan’s red riot. They became obsessed with Syrah after working in the Northern Rhone in 2010, so when the opportunity came along to purchase a semi-abandoned oceanfront vineyard on Waiheke Island years later, of course syrah was compulsory!  Planted on heavy clays, super-close […]

Saint Clair James Sinclair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Saint Clair James Sinclair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $22 As soon as you stick your nose in a glass of this sauvignon, you’re met with marshmallow, lemongrass, summer flowers and soft passionfruit layers.  On the palate it is punchy-fresh, yet the acidity is gentle and beautifully integrated with the fruit concentration and herbaceousness.  Nice sipping […]

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $60 Red wine lovers, look out.  What this wine has is a very particular set of skills. Skills it’s acquired over a very long time, skills that make it a nightmare for people who don’t like cabernet. Because it’s so glorious.  If you give in to its […]

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $50 Unfined, unfiltered and absolutely elegance wine-onified. Perfumed with peppercorn, bay leaf, bright violets and plum blossom, the palate of this new release by winemaker Lauren Swift shows deeply savoury characters, leather-slapped, game meat and mocha notes. Fresh acidity and fanging length of flavour. It’s a syrah that’ll […]

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014 $25 Incredibly golden and glossy in the glass, this viognier is soon-to-be-released and once it’s out there, by hokey New Zealand, it’s in the bag!  Or should I say, “in the cellar”, because it’s gloriously gulpable.  Think rich apricot, musky florals, sweet citrus concentration and some botrytis influence adds […]

Wrights Reserve Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

Wrights Reserve Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $30 There’s a hint of musky, ginger and spices on the nose and palate of this chardonnay – so don’t be going in expecting the bog standard peaches and cream characters of your more commercial examples.  There’s an earthy, nutty note on the mid-palate and a truffle-like tweak on […]

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2018

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2018 $32 Elegant and nicely structured, with hazelnut and nectarine notes on the nose and it’s a sexy, mouthfilling style and showing great potential for cellaring. Taut, balanced and showing great character.  Nelson chardonnay is a new favourite thing. www.temaniawines.co.nz  

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $25 The second I see ‘tomato’ and ‘capsicum’ in the ingredients for anything, I’m instantly reaching for a wine like the Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($25). Incredibly pungent aromas of lime, lemon, passionfruit, bruised basil and buckets of homemade lemonade loveliness all wash through onto the palate […]

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $29 Blended from four vineyards from the western end of the Wairau Valley after a long, dry summer, the Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 ($29) is a funk-laced, stonefruit-soaked, toasty, smoky sip.  Crafted using only free-run juice and left to ferment wild, with no additions, before maturing in barrel for 11 months, […]

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $27 This tiny estate located out Eskdale-way, manages to turn out pinot gris that’s consistently mammoth in the personality-stakes. With its new vintage offering a creamy, apple pie and cashew character on the nose, followed by a poached quince and roast pear punch on the […]

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