Scout South Island Pinot x Pinot 2018

Scout South Island Pinot x Pinot 2018 $32 Greg and Sarah Lane are the team behind Scout, a trans-tasman brand turning out Adelaide Hills chardonnay and reds from the South Island of New Zealand.  This little monster is a blend of 75% whole bunch Marlborough Pinot with 25% skin fermented Nelson Pinot Gris. Yep.  I […]

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $30 The name Saorsa is a Scottish Gaelic word that not only means but also represents a radical sense of freedom, liberty and salvation according to owner Alex Hendry.  Crafting just viognier and syrah, his 2016 vintage of syrah is very soft, very earthy, very smooth and lightly structured.  Savoury layers and hints of dried […]

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $26  Produced by Graeme and Gillian Crosbie from fruit sourced from their Defiance and Domain Road vineyards, this gorgeous thing is scented with creaming soda, raspberry, sweet cherry and watermelonny wonder.  It’s a more substantial rose than most, super-concentrated yet taut, robust and spicy, with waves of […]

Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $25  Back in 1998 Paul Jacobson was an engineer and his wife Angela managed multiple local kindergartens, plus they were raising three young, Central Otago sons and life was hectic.  So that’s why they also become grape growers and winemakers – clearly suckers for punishment!  Today their […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Pét-Nat Chardonnay 2018

PETANE STATION HAWKE’S BAY PÉTILLANT NATUREL 2018 $38 “Pet Nat” is the thing.  Everyone’s doing it – but not everyone is doing it well. Petane Station have crafted their debut example from chardonnay and while it’s got citrus hallmarks of classic chard, grapefruit, lemon et al, there’s a soft funkiness and spritzig.  In fact beware the […]

39°below Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016

39°below Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $25  Paul McEvoy has created one of the smoothest, cuddliest, most dangerously drinkable blends of merlot and cabernet that I’ve had the pleasure of slipping down my esophagus in a long time.  Erupting with vanilla, sweet, smoky layers, buckets of ripe berries and soft plum on the nose and […]

Neudorf Moutere Riesling Dry 2017

Neudorf Moutere Riesling Dry 2017 ($29) Crafted from a concoction of three different clones harvested in cooler conditions than usual in the Moutere.  It has fullness and funk from its 100% wild ferment, alongside soft lime and bruised apple aromatics, a hint of biscuity, nutty niceness and long, elegant acidity on the finish.  It’s fantastic.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $32.99  So ripe, rumpty and ready for action this pinot noir is just itching to serve with any food that’s got a squeak of spice in it.  It’s the intense cherry, clove, cocoa and berry bodaciousness that makes it so food friendly, while its softness and velvety structure makes […]

Huia Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016

Huia Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016 $32  If you’re not fond of blowsy, sweet gewürztraminer then you’re in luck here because this organic example is clean, dry, spicy and stitched together with lacy lychee and gorgeous ginger notes. The team at Huia are experts when it comes to growing good gewürztraminer (which means ‘spicy wine’ in its […]

39° Below Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

39° Below Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $25  For starters how pretty does this look in the glass?  A touch of skin contact has given it the softest, sexiest blush of pink and I love how it rocks classic quince and nashi niceness on the nose, followed by ripe stonefruit, punchy acidity and tongue-tingling textures […]

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