Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $14.99 (2.5 stars) There’s a brisk burst of beeswax and manuka honey on the nose and palate indicating some botrytis infection in the wine, but that adds complexity to the wine.  Dry and spicy, it boasts the ususal suspects of pear and quince, but fails to deliver generosity in the […]

Wild River North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $13.99 (4 stars)

2017 was a tricky vintage for Cantabrian wine producers, but Catherine Keith and Tony Rutherford made a cracking go of it to turn out tangy, lemony, passionfruity sauvignon blanc that will keep the crowds happy at that Spring wedding or for those family fish and chip Friday nights. www.centrecity.co.nz  

San Pedro Gato Negro Valle Central Carmenere 2017 $14.99

Wow!  How bright and pretty does this wine look in the glass?  Glossy, crimson craziness is what greets you when you pour it, then you’re hit with aromas of bay leaf, thyme, violets and cherry-choc notes.  A whoomph (technical term there) of spice, cocoa and a warming texture leads to a long, smile-inducing finish.  A great […]

San Pedro Gato Negro Valle Central Chardonnay 2014 $12.99

This chardonnay is tasting a tad tired and is rather dry and mean-spirited in the glass.  Lacking fruit or charm of any description, it has an odd, butyric acid edge to it (which is a polite way of saying it smells a bit like baby vom).  Avoid. www.glengarrywines.co.nz

Bodega Tamari Mendoza Chardonnay 2015 $13.99

‘Tamari’ means ‘to be passionate in Huarpe, the native language of the Mendoza region in Argentina.  This chardonnay is on the leaner side, mineral-driven, nutty and has a squeak of crushed seashell and salt about it.  There’s a creamy element adding some complexity, however if you’re looking for fruit generosity and tropical flavours, then you’re not […]

Forbidden Vines ‘Weeping’ Marlborough Rosé 2017 $14.95 (4 stars)

Despite the fact that I normally want to run screaming from bottles with packaging like this, the wine inside is actually really good! With raspberries, watermelon, buckets of cherry and berry flavours abound, it’s seriously fruity and boasts naturally balanced sweetness and a long, textural finish. www.babichwines.com

Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $14.95

With aromas of marshmallow, nougat, nectarine and a squeak of butterscotch, this is a rather tasty, tropically-inclined chardonnay that’s edged with grapefruit on the finish. Balanced, tangy, toasty and fresh, it’s a good, all-purpose, crowd-pleaser. Sip with: Hot roasted salmon. www.moorewilsons.co.nz

Longbush Wines Gisborne Pinot Gris 2017 $13.95 (3 stars)

Here’s a bright, tangy, tropical crowd-pleaser of a pinot gris with good cause behind it. Designed to help fund the Longbush Eco-Sanctuary run by Anne and Jeremy Salmond, it aims to create a haven for endangered birds and plants on the banks of the Waimata River, 7kms from Gisborne. So you can enjoy your pear, […]

Castaño Yecla Monastrell Rosado 2015 $10.99 (3 stars)

Made at high altitude in Spain’s Yecla D.O district, this has the most gorgeous colour, almost like a negroni cocktail colour and has aromas of quince, yellow fruits, ultra-clean, tangy pomegranate and redcurrant. Complex tannins – beautifully complex, full, delicious, lovely. www.thegoodwine.co.nz

Jacob’s Creek Le Petit Rosé 2017 $14.99 (3.5 stars)

Trina Smith is the rosé winemaker for Jacob’s Creek and she’s a massive fan of the clean, dry, zesty styles of the south of France.  Using a combination of pinot noir, grenache and mataro (mourvedre), this is her take on a Provençale style.  Crisp, racy and dry, with hints of raspberry, melon and cherry – […]

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