Pask Small Batch Wild Yeast Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $25

Kate Radburnd and her team at Pask decided to get jiggy on it with the wild yeasts during the 2016 harvest and this snazzy little sip is the result.  People often think if indigenous yeasts are used, the wine is going to smell and taste a tad funky, however this is a dangerously drinkable, clean, […]

Ake Ake Preservative Free Northland Merlot 2016 $30

“We basically just guide the wine from grape to bottle with as little interference as possible” says Ake Ake’s winemaker, John Clarke.  Totally inexperienced when he bought the property in 2004, he went to the library and borrowed some books on how to grow grapes and make wine.  Many medals later, he owns Northland’s only […]

The Family Company Gisborne Viognier 2015 $25

When art dealer Gene Walker married Gisborne-based clothes designer and café owner Chelsea Thorpe, little did he know that soon he’d be in business making wine with her dad.  The Family Company are now one of Gisborne’s most exciting producers, crafting viognier (vee-yon-yay) perfumed with apricots, cardamom, jasmine and orange oil and showing ripe peach […]

Fox by John Belsham Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $26

This is a classic ‘berries and cream’ pinot noir, packed with pomegranate, red cherry and raspberry on the nose and palate.  However there’s also this really curious aroma of roasting pan juices and savoury, spicy notes in the background, all followed by a wave of super-fruitiness again on the finish.  It’s a lithe, luscious pinot […]

Ka Tahi Rangatira Gimblett Gravels Three Barrel Reserve Malbec 2015 $30

Glossy, inky dark and saturated with buckets of berries, vanilla, soft smoky notes and juicy, fleshy, savoury layers make this wine a contender for ribsticking rock star of the week for me.  Gentle, textural tannins and attractive tension between the acidity and alcohol (only 13.1% btw) make this Hawke’s Bay version of the Argentinean classic […]

Chard Farm Central Otago Riesling 2016 $25

How do I love thee Chard Farm riesling? Let me count the ways. For starters your honeysuckle, baked apple, mandarin and seriously slamming citrus flavours are mouth puckeringly perfect. Then it’s the twang of toffee which combines with awesome acidity to give me goosebumps. And THEN it’s the sneaky splash of lime that lingers on […]

Ataahua Waipara Riesling 2016 $26

There’s a really intense, lemon-pith, lime zest, honeysuckle and apple skin character on the nose of this mineral-driven, chalk-and-citrus laden riesling. With a whiff of crushed seashells and a whack of acidity in the mid palate, it’s a bottle of niceness from North Canterbury. Cheek-slappingly dry and citrusy to taste, the texture is the thing […]

Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $29 (5stars)

If this is any indication of how Nelson’s sauvignon blancs are going to be from 2017, then I’m a giddily happy girl.  Crafted by the talented team at Seifried, it’s an incredibly aromatic example that erupts with sweet lawn clippings, tomato leaf, a hint of man-sweat, passionfruit and peachy notes.  Saturated with citrus, it’s magically […]

Wrights Gisborne Chardonnay 2015 $28

Crafted by organic pioneers Geoff and Nicola Wright from fruit grown in their Manutuke and Ormond vineyards, this is a different style of chardonnay in that its scented with green apple, lime and hints of nashi amongst the more signature peach, nougat and grapefruit. There’s a smidge of roasty, toasty oak, a whiff of smoke […]

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Gris 2016 $25 (3.5 star)

Aged on its yeast lees (what’s left over once the yeast finishes fermenting), this Wairarapa-grown gris is deliciously dry, lean, clean and shows an edge of apple skin, nashi juice and white pepper.  There’s a splash of citrus on the finish and it’s got some good persistence on the palate.  Grown organically and clearly there’s […]

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