Clearview Estate Hawke’s Bay Old Olive Block 2015 $39 (4 stars)

Here’s a rumpty, ribsticking blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and merlot from talented winemaking duo Matt Kirby and Rob Bregman.  It’s inky-dark and boosted with aromas of blackcurrant leaf, cocoa powder, intense cherry and berry notes and a pinch of pepper.  Succulent and juicy to drink, there’s a line of herbaceousness that cloaks […]

Karikari Estate Pinotage 2013 $42

Winemaker Alan Collinson has unleashed a wine that literally had me leap around yelling at people in my office to taste it.  Perfumed, plush, plump and packed with sexy berries and concentrated cocoa, spices and sarsaparilla characters, it’s my new favourite thing.  Fresh acidity and soft, stretchy tannins and luscious length of flavour.  Gorgeous. Sip […]

Weaver Estate Central Otago Pinot Rosa 2014 $39

Pinot noir saignee juice (juice bled from the must) is fermented with wild yeasts and then aged for two years on lees in oak (whaat? That’s crazy talk for rosé!). But because of that, you get aromas of crab apple jam, melon, toasted cashew and berry blossom, plus it has great richness and substance.  Essentially, […]

Pask Declaration Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionelle 2009 $40 (4.5 stars)

One of things I love about Kate Radburnd and her team at Pask, is that they are great keepers of secrets.  Who knew they’d been sitting on an absolutely stunning sparkling wine for 8 years!  Just released, this classically crafted blend of chardonnay and pinot noir has a deliciously finely-tuned texture in the mouth, soft […]

VIGNERONS DE BUZET BARON D’ ALBRET ROUGE 2010 $35 (4 star)

Immediate aromas of coffee grinds, cocoa and ripe plum all osmose onto the palate in a wave of vanilla-soaked red fruits, medicinal spices, velvety tannins and a woolly, wonderfully dry mouthfeel. A cracker of a Bordeaux blend where Vignerons de Buzet is the union of winegrowers and employees who decided to take their future in […]

La Valentina Colline Pescaresi Auha Fiano 2014 $39.50 (4 stars)

Gorgeously golden in the glass and bursting with daisy pollen and marzipan-like aromas, Fiano is an ancient grape that’s experiencing a modern renaissance.  I love the light peach, soft almond notes, its  bright, vibrant, mineral-driven mouthfeel and white pepper and freshly-baled hay layers on the finish. It’s an envelope-pusher of a white wine that’ll rock […]

Fairhall Downs Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 $35 (5 stars)

New favourite alert!  This pinot noir is absolutely heaving with ultra-juicy cherry boysenberry, raspberry and masses of spice.  It’s generous, plush and silky-smooth to drink. Plus it’s got pluck and personality and that’s exactly why your glass will be almost impossible to put down. www.fairhalldowns.co.nz

SOHO Havana Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $38 (5 stars)

This wine won the trophy for Best New Zealand Pinot Noir at the International Wine Challenge in London last week.  How appropriate that a pinot named after one of the sexiest capital cities in the world, also has a distinct lift of tobacco leaf and cigar box on the nose and palate.  Combine this wine […]

Rod McDonald Quarter Acre Syrah 2015 $35 (5stars)

You know how some people say they can hear voices in their head?  Well sipping this wine may suddenly give you voices in your gob.  I feel it’s ok to say ‘gob’ because in the official tasting notes, accompanying this wine, Rod says it has ‘violets and cassis on the snoz’.  I love the pretty […]

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2015 $37.90 (4.5 stars)

I love the lift of pepper, plum, cocoa and buckets of fruit cake spices this wine possesses.  It’s beautifully balanced with smooth, cuddly undertones and elegant, finely-grained tannins. Fleshy, succulent and seriously good. Clearly the team at Saint Clair in Marlborough are now experts in dealing with smoulderingly good fruit from Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels […]

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