Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2014 (5 stars) $34

Fresh, frisky and overflowing with flavour. This Blue Gold and Top 100 winner at the Sydney International Wine Competition is an absolute firecracker of a dessert wine. Sweet and indulgent, yet super-tangy and energizing, it has candyfloss and toffee aromas, alongside caramelised mango and pineapple pluckiness on the palate. Gorgeous. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy.

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2013 (5 stars) $34

It’s easy to see how this wine scooped a Gold medal at the NZ International Wine Show, (New Zealand’s biggest annual wine show) because it is so irresistibly unctuous and toffee-centric. Carrying concentrated mandarin and caramelized apricot and gorgeous honeyed flavours. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy  

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2012 (5 stars) $34

This citrus-stacked Trophy winner at the 2013 Air NZ Awards is, six years down the track, still carrying gorgeous acidity, caramelized tropical fruit, hints of honey and succulent textures. It’s an intensely delicious sweet treat that’s aging gracefully and exotically. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy

Collaboration Wines Impression White (chardonnay) 2017 $27

Collaboration Wines Impression White (chardonnay) 2017 $27 Crafted by Julianne Brogden from 100% Mendoza-clone fruit sourced near Havelock North, this is one chardonnay that has elegance written all over it.  The oak maturation regime meant subtle handling in older French oak for just 8 months, allowing the delicate white stonefruit to be the hero.  Laced […]

Matahiwi Holly South Series Chardonnay 2017

Matahiwi Holly South Series Chardonnay 2017 $33  The Holly South Series Chardonnay is from the southern Chardonnay planting in the ‘home’ vineyard at Matahiwi, just outside of Masterton. The vines were planted back in 2013 but it took 3 years before they were ready to produce enough fruit to make into a wine. So this […]

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017 $32  House of Ball is a vineyard and luxury B&B property owned by Julian and Lynda Ball on Mackenzies Road in North Canterbury.  Lynda is the instigator of rosé because she was a fan of the style and wanted one of her own.  Julian, good man, obliged and […]

House of Ball Waipara Grüner Veltliner 2016 $29

Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented with wild yeasts, just 470 bottles were made of this Austrian white variety that also has no free sulphur and is unfined and unfiltered, so expect a teensy haze in the bottle when pouring.   Funky and frisky, manuka honey and beeswax combine with summer wildflowers, lemon pith and all manner of […]

Huia Single Vineyard Marlborough Dry Riesling 2016 $32 (4.5 stars)

If you imagine a tiny samurai armed with lime-flavoured floss, whipping it across your tastebuds, then you’re coming close to the immediate sensation of sipping this wine. Crafted by one of New Zealand’s organic aristocrats – this riesling is incredibly zippy, honeysuckle and mandarin and quartz-edged triumph. Love it! www.huiavineyards.com

Matavino Amelia Matakana Viognier 2017 $25 (3.5 stars)

You might imagine the little squiggle on the label is a graphic depiction of the ups and downs of working with nature. I prefer to think of it as a vine tendril left over on the wires post-pruning – much more obvious. Winegrower Jim Hight reckons Matakana is a great spot to grow viognier of […]

Alpha Domus The Skybolt Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $26.00

This is the second vintage of Skybolt, a chardonnay that’s like a fruity mcfruitface upfront on the palate, yet a tweak of French oak I love how the classic grapefruit and roast peach flavours are edged with hints of coconut and spice and then followed by a long, creamy finish. Winemaker Barry Riwai is a […]

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