Ash Ridge Doppio MS & Chave Bridge Pa Syrah 2014 $150 (twin pack)

I’ve never featured two wines in the same review before, but it’s the only way to tackle these bottles of salubrious syrah from Bridge Pa, in what I think is a first for New Zealand. Dubbed ‘Doppio’ after the Italian word for ‘double’, Ash Ridge have opted to keep their two clones of syrah separate […]

Amisfield RKV Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $120

When winemaker Dr Stephanie Lambert decides to take a batch of fruit from Amisfield’s lean, bony, loessial Rocky Knoll Vineyard to create a wine she feels is exceptional, then you should take notice. The RKV was created in 2007 and now it’s a Central Otago icon. Wild strawberry, cherry, dried thyme and tea-like aromas lead […]

Heron’s Flight Matakana Amphora Sangiovese 2016 $120

Tiny amounts of handpicked sangiovese were fermented wild on their skins inside 500 litre clay amphorae for six months then rested another 6 months in traditional terracotta vessels before being transferred to this gorgeous wax-sealed bottle.  Naturally handled with no additional sulphites, it’s exceptionally delicious.  Bright, vibrant, dark fruit, floral intensity and buckets of pepper, […]

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Le Sol Syrah 2015 $135 (5stars)

Let’s cut straight to it.  This is a magical monster of a wine and it’s only created in years when the fruit is exceptional – which is not good if you have OCD, but great if you worship gorgeous syrah at the highest level.  Perfumed with peppercorn, violets, dark berryfruit and dried herbs, with a […]

Church Road TOM Chardonnay 2014 $150 (5 stars)

Winemaker Chris Scott chose fruit from Church Road’s Tuki Tuki Valley block to fashion into what should (if I had my way) be a national treasure.  Expertly crafted and scented with grilled grapefruit, seasoned popcorn, ground almonds and roast stonefruit.  Its personality draws you in, it almost glows.  It’s got gorgeous tension in the mouth, […]

Church Road TOM Syrah 2014 $200 (5 stars)

That’s correct.  Two.  Hundred.  Dollars.  But think about the last thing you spent $200 on and I guarantee it won’t be anywhere near as satisfying and succulent as this wine.  The syrah fruit was sourced from Bridge Pa (just sublime syrah dirt there) and immediately you’re hit with the most exotic, alluring perfume of soft […]

Anthony Joseph Vidal 1888 Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $120 (5 stars)

The rumours were out that winemaker Hugh Crichton was planning to release something epic in the Vidal chardonnay stakes, and lordy, they were right.  From the most glorious chardonnay vintage Hawke’s Bay has seen in a stretch, comes a formidably gorgeous wine scented with popcorn, gunflint and grilled grapefruit and offering gracefully ripe, roasted stonefruit, […]

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 […]

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