Bodegas Piqueras Valcanto Almansa Syrah 2014

Bodegas Piqueras Valcanto Almansa Syrah 2014 ($15.95) A soft, easy, super-fruity syrah like this is just the ticket for a soothing sip to serve with anything meaty and spicy.  This Spanish smooth-talker adds berries and spice and all things nice to anyone who prefers blueberry and leather notes in their syrah and less of the […]

Master of Ceremonies MC Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

Master of Ceremonies MC Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018 $19 While it looks like it’ll be a sweetie in the glass, you’ll find your Hawke’s Bay-grown goblet of goodness has a dollop of dryness, a kick of pepper and buckets of spice on the finish.  It’s got some tannic texture in the mouth and make sure […]

Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $19.95 This is one of my sure-fire, never-fail, no-hold-barred, people pleasing pinot gris choices.  There’s a ripeness and robustness in the Squawking Magpie style that promotes a pear, quince and quick-fix of spiced apple awesome into every sip.  It’s crisp, clean, cranking with honeysuckle and heaving […]

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $20.99  Get on your skateboard, segway or scooter and shimmy on over to the Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($20.99) to pour with any sort of pan-fried pesce perfection.  Crisp, crunchy, packed with citrus and huge herbaceous notes, this wine is superb to sip with fresh fish.  […]

Pick & Shovel Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pick & Shovel Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018 $19.99 Created by the good folk at Dry Gully Vineyard in the summer heat-trap of Alexandra, this pinot gris will appeal to anyone walking on the dry side of the street.  Sure you have hints of the usual suspects of pear and quince, yet there’s also a […]

Little X Hawkes’ Bay Syrah 2014

Little X Hawkes’ Bay Syrah 2014 $14.99-$20  Pepper and berries and cherries and all things merries.  This is a cracker of a syrah with a ripe core of black fruits, violets, buckets of spice and a hint of cocoa.  Made by Tim Adams from a small parcel of fruit from a vineyard located in the sun-trap […]

Music Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $16

Music Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $16  Here’s a crispy, crunchy little quaffer which shows all the hallmarks of good gris, ie. pear, apple, quince and some spice.  It’s not a complicated wine, simple and sippable.

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $16.99

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $16.99 Sweetly fruited on the nose, this is, like its namesake, a snappy little red blend that’s a great value quaffer.  Smooth, velvety and showing plum, cherry and redcurrant characters on  the finish.  Simple, yummy and dangerously drinkable.   trade $11.08

Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $45 It’s like inhaling the interior of a horse float, just after all the hay and other ‘stuff’ has been swept out.  It’s leathery and sweaty and feral, yet underpinned with wild strawberry, cherry and a hint of rhubarb.  Plush, plump and so incredibly smooth, it’s quite a gorgeous thing […]

Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016

Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $16.99 On the nose this chardonnay has creme brulee, Mackintosh’s ‘Harrogate’ and roast peach perfume, while on the palate it’s rich, decently structured and shows solid juiciness right through to the finish.  It’s extremely gluggably good. Widely available.

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