Rivera Negroamaro Salento 2015 $16.99

Down in southern Puglia, negromaro is the most common red grape in the ground and it’s easy to see why its so loved.  Juicy, succulent, red cherry and berry layers combine with sweetly-spiced flavour saturation and terrifically taut texture in the mid palate. Sip with: Italian shredded beef sandwiches www.glengarrywines.co.nz

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

This is about as natural as it gets for gewurztraminer production. Nicola and Geoff Wright are organic pioneers in Gisborne and alongside not adding any herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, they’re also not adding any yeast, opting instead for wild, ‘natural’ yeasts to conduct the ferment. This results in a funkier, dryer style, laced with lychee […]

Te Pa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $19 (4.5 star)

Golden, glossy and gorgeous in the glass and a trophy winner weighing in at under $20 – how great is that?  Sweetly perfumed with roast pear and apple strudel notes, spice and lifted, peachy flavours.  It’s tangy and fruity to drink yet it finishes zesty and dry.  There’s a lovely zingy texture on that coats […]

Rod McDonald Mister Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $17.99

How cute and storybookish is this label?  Shouldn’t matter I know, but I was seduced straight away.  Hawke’s Bay pinot gris has personality all of its own, so expect delicate Winter Cole pear aromas and juicy, nectarine and ginger-laced tension in the mouth. Taut and tightrope-like on the finish, it’s a groovy gris for sure. […]

Giesen Vineyard Selection Pinot Gris 2016 $17.99

Created from fruit sourced from vineyards around the country, this is a clean, tangy, apple-focused wine edged with nashi pear and peach notes.  Lipsmackingly crisp acidity and laced with baking spices and boasting a dryish, minerally finish, it’s a crowd pleaser for sure. Sip with: a wedge of Emmental cheese and apple and feijoa chutney […]

Pa Road Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $16.99 (3.5 stars)

Here’s a great little introduction into Marlborough pinot noir, crafted by the McDonald family and the talented team at Te Pa Wines.  It’s spicy, juicy, loaded with cherry and savoury, hedgerow fruits and has an earthy, slightly suede-like finish.  Sip with classic, rosemary and garlic-studded roast lamb. www.thegoodwine.co.nz

Dopff & Irion Alsace Edelzwicker $18 (3 stars)

The name ‘edelzwicker’ comes from the word ‘Zwicker’ which means ‘blend’ and ‘Edel’ which means ‘noble’.  So essentially it’s a blend of noble varieties from Alsace, and that’s sylvaner, pinot blanc, riesling, muscat d’alsace, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, auxerrois and the Swiss grape chasselas.  It’s a pretty crazy spectrum of flavours such as preserved lemon, rockmelon, […]

Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2016 $18.90 (4.5 stars)

If you’re looking for a bouncy, vivacious riesling that zings with flavour, you’ve come to the right spot because this new release from Hunter’s is so incredibly clean, fresh and limey.  With its snappy citrus and crushed shell notes, crunchy green apple and hints of honeysuckle, it’ll make any recipe featuring ginger, chilli, garlic and […]

Cantine Riondo Castelforte Veneto Valpolicella Superiore 2013 $19 (3.5 stars)

The Valpolicella Blend is based on three indigenous red-wine grape varieties grown in the Veneto region in Italy’s northeast. Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara are the trio primarily involved in the Valpolicella DOC, Corvina plays the starring role in Valpolicella (up to 75 percent) and is regarded as the blend’s lynchpin. Known more for its acidity […]

Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2014 $18 ★★★½

Aromas of green apple, carrot cake spices and musky, honeysuckle and apricot kernel characters all merge together on the palate and crash into a wave of sweetness.  There’s a soft, grainy texture to the finish of this tangy example that’ll definitely appeal to those who prefer a more honeyed style of riesling. Sip with: spicy […]

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