Framingham F-Series Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $34.99

Just 850 individually-numbered bottles were made of this luxurious, luscious pinot gris by Andrew Hedley and his scarily talented team at Framingham – so be quick to nab your bottle of this nashi-infused, roast pear and poached quince-soaked example before it’s all gone. Sweet yes, but seriously refreshing and tangy and boasting caramelized concentration on […]

Coopers Creek Select Vineyards Saint John Hawke’s Bay Malbec 2013 $26.60 (5 stars)

Named after Mr St. John York, the original owner of the Bridge Pa vineyard where the fruit was sourced, this malbec went on to scoop the Championship trophy at the Bragato Wine Awards in 2016. Fleshy and full to the brim with aromas of roasting pan juices, dark berryfruit, red apple leather and Christmas pudding […]

Vinetti De Fiorini Chianti Superiore DOCG 2014 $25

Grapes for a Superiore can come from any of the sub-regions within the region of Chianti. Superiore wines must be aged for at least nine months before release and must be approved by the Official DOCG Commission. Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have been crafted into a super-smooth, savoury red, edged with wild […]

Fattoria Di Basciano Chianti Rùfina DOCG 2015 $25.80

Located in the foothills of the Apennine’s, Rùfina is the smallest subregion of Chianti but also on of the most well-known. This Basciano is heaving with succulent red fruits, dried herbs and liquorice layers. It is velvety, sexy, savoury and I love it! Fact: Chianti Rùfina can’t be released for 12 months after harvest, six […]

Passage Rock Waiheke Island Sisters 2015 $33

What happens when a talented winemaking team blend 48% syrah, 29% cabernet sauvignon, 6% malbec, 6% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 4% petit verdot? A whole heap of joy, that’s what. With plum, boysenberry, a lift of chocolate and salted caramel, this wine is beautifully complex and juicy and dusted with pepper, it’s a stylish […]

Whistling Buoy

I’ve sipped my way through the new Whistling Buoy releases from Canterbury and they’re rather snazzy… Whistling Buoy Kokolo Vineyard Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016 $36 (5 stars) Wow.  Here’s one ultra-juicy, exotically-scented, super-charged pinot noir from under the southern sun. Kokolo is a vineyard on a sheltered site at the head of Lyttleton and clearly […]

Lake Hayes Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $29.95

This is a snazzy southern pinot packed with cherry, baking spices, raspberry and tamarillo characters that batta bing with bold tannins to create a deliciously chewy texture and a long, fruit-soaked finish. Sip with: roast venison and pickled blueberries. www.blackmarket.co.nz

Tamellini Soave DOC Costeggiola 2016 $25 (4 stars)

100% garganega (gar-gar-nay-gah) grapes have been used to tizzy together this stunningly fresh, medium bodied, citrus-saturated white wine from the appellation of Soave (soh-ah-vay). I love the luscious lemongrassy layers, white pepper, rich, chalky characters and it’s marathon-like finish. I also love that every sip is like hanging on to the last of summer. Great […]

Ash Ridge Premium Cabernet Merlot 2016 $31 (4 stars)

From what’s fast becoming known as a very elegant vintage in Hawke’s Bay, comes a cabernet dominant blend that reflects the iron-rich, red gravels of the Bridge Pa triangle beautifully. Made by the super-talented Lauren Swift, this bold, spicy blend has hefty red fruited aromatics, hints of smoke and soy and boasts a long, stylishly […]

JK.14 Mamma Piave Manzoni Bianco 2015 $26.99

“Just do what Mamma says, and we all stay happy…” it what it says on the front label of the bottle of this super-complex bottle of pinot bianco. The nose has a seriously floral perfume, almost pollen-like, with hints of your grandmothers face cream. Sounds odd, but it’s oddly lovely. In the mouth there’s a […]

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