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 […]

Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011

Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011 $38 Holy toffee apples, Batman!  Carefully crafted by the legendary Kevin Judd, this little bottle of liquid indulgence has all the wicked sweetness of a sneaky dollar lolly mixture stashed under your pillow to nibble on when your mum’s not looking.  Hints of beeswax and spice on the nose […]

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $42  Mel and Gus Lawson knew their terraced hillside vineyard would produce some of the most sensational syrah in the region, I’d say they could feel it in their waters, but truth be told, water is not something they see much of and the vines border on dehydration and […]

Whistling Buoy Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Whistling Buoy Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 $25  Perfumed with the softest of pot pourri and peach stone, it feels like it’s going to be super-subtle as a wine style.  Then you put it in your mouth and holy moly!  It’s an explosion of crunchy-fresh acidity, guava, tropical tones, incredibly rich, zesty layers of flavour […]

Linden Estate Reserve Dam Block 2016

Linden Estate Reserve Dam Block 2016 $48  Trevor Shepherd has finally released his series of Reserve ‘Dam Block’ blends, and this is my favourite so far. Featuring 72.5% merlot, 17.5% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc, this savoury black-olive-and-spice fest shouts ‘Make way for the King!’ to a parade of berries and plums on the […]

Collaboration Wines Impression Rosé 2018

Collaboration Wines Impression Rosé 2018 $25  Crafted from 100% cabernet franc grapes from winemaker Julz Brogden’s favourite sites around Hawke’s Bay, this rosé is a total standout. I love that it’s dry, snappy and sophisticated and shows amazing length of flavour. So elegant and stylish, yet it also boasts superb body, bodaciousness and texture.  Yummo!

Xanadu DJL Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Xanadu DJL Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $29.90 Holy blackberries Batman!  This is a concentrated, grippy, muscular, cocoa and tobacco-tustle on the tongue.  As my dad would say, ‘this’ll put hairs on ya chest’ – so get the wax strips out and prepare for a ripper!  Crafted by kiwi-born Glenn Goodall (named Winemaker of the […]

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Chardonnay 2015 $30 (4.5 stars)

Sourced from a vineyard located at the entrance to the limestone Sawcut Gorge in the south-of-Marlborough Ure Valley, this smart chardonnay from the team at Saint Clair is an absolute cracker. I don’t know how they could have crammed any more flavour into this bottle if they tried. Citrus-stacked, it hurls zesty minerality at you […]

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