Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2015 $130 (5 stars)

100% Gimblett Gravels fruit has been used to craft an incredibly floral wine that absolutely erupts with violets, red rose, lavender, dark berry and a whiff of toasted, roasted oak.  The mouthfeel is elegant, ethereal even, with finely-tuned acidity, fruit saturation and finished with deliciously dusty, sweet smoke notes.  It’s a joy to drink.

Soho Zabeel Blue Blood Waiheke Island Reserve Blend 2014 $138 (5 stars)

Excruciatingly gorgeous to drink in that it’s torture knowing that your glass will eventually end.  I love the lift of vanilla, pepper, dark chocolate and intense boysenberry layers in this merlot syrah malbec blend by the talented team over at Soho.  Dense, dark berries, smoke, cured meats and solid, dusty oak creates supreme definition of […]

Seresin Son and Moon Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $125

Organic, biodynamic and vegan-friendly, this gorgeous pinot noir smells like baking spices and sweet, dark cocoa dusted over caramelized plums served in a bowl carved from oak.  Seresin’s flagship pinot, the ‘purest expression’ they can make, is intense in the mouth, with high acidity and muscular, supple tannins. The length of flavour is persistent, brooding […]

Te Mata Estate Hawke’s Bay Coleraine 2015 $129

The March 1 release of Coleraine, New Zealand’s most famous red wine, marked its 35th anniversary.  Designed to age not across years, but across generations, it’s an assemblage (‘assom-blarge’ if you’re struggling) of cabernet and merlot from Te Mata’s oldest vineyards in the Havelock North hills. Left for a minute or seven in the glass, […]

Church Road TOM Chardonnay 2013 $150 ★★★★★

100% grown in their Tuki Tuki vineyard which “used to be a complete fruit salad” according to winemaker Chris Scott.  “But we’ve ripped out everything that’s not a top chardonnay clone and every single barrel selected for this wine is a separate hand pick and press”.  Bursting with citrus complexity, seductive, smoky oak, juicy, elegantly […]

Church Road TOM Syrah 2013 $200 ★★★★★

For this, the first ever release of a TOM syrah, 100% of the fruit was sourced from the Redstone vineyard inside the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District, New Zealand’s newest ‘official’ wine region.  A couple of swirls in the glass reveals elegant white pepper, fresh blackberry, violet and vanilla alongside exceptionally buoyant layers of concentrated […]

Amisfield RKV Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Amisfield RKV Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 $120 ★★★★★ This is one of those wines that I want to get all Spinal Tap on it by saying “but this one goes up to eleven”.  If I could give it eleven stars I would. RKV stands for Rocky Knoll Vineyard, the jewel in Amisfield’s crown and vineyard […]

Bollinger La Grande Année 2002

Bollinger La Grande Année 2002 $220 An aristocrat amongst champagne houses, this isn’t just a wine; it’s an experience of a lifetime.  Only produced in years when the fruit is faultless and of exceptional quality, it glows white gold as it pours into the glass with a pillowy, creamy foam.  Exotic aromas of preserved lemon, […]

Yalumba ‘The Reserve’ 2001

 Yalumba ‘The Reserve’ 2001 $128  Impenetrable, squid ink colour, and for an 11 year old wine it’s still so incredibly fresh with sweet cocoa, christmas pudding spices, exotically rich and densely concentrated dark fruit flavours.  A blend of Barossa-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz which is only made in exceptional vintages, it’s a wine that’s really […]

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