Moutere Hills Single Vineyard Nelson Syrah 2015 $35

Lean and lifted, green peppercorn, violets, plush red berryfruits and truckloads of spice burst out of the glass and merge with fresh, elegant plum and cocoa characters and it leaves slippery, succulent, mouthwatering finish. Sip with: Peppery duck liver pate www.mouterehills.co.nz

The Landing Bay of Islands Syrah 2013 $38

Wow!  Grown atop the so-beautiful-it’s-unreal Purerua Peninsula in the Bay of Islands and crafted by the legendary Rod MacIvor at Marsden Estate in Kerikeri, this syrah has alluring aromas of vanilla-spiced plum and lush, dark berryfruits, followed by a velvety-smooth, densely concentrated mouthfeel and finish. Sip with: slivers of venison salami www.thelandingvineyard.com

Meyer-Näkel Illusion Blanc de Noir AHR 2015 $49

I LOVE this wine!!  A wine I’d never heard of until this month is now one of my favourite things in the world.  Located in the Ahr Valley, one of Germany’s oldest, northernmost and smallest wine regions, Näkel are pinot specialists growing on a tiny 18ha site on steep, south-facing slopes of greywacke and weathered […]

COS Frappato 2015 $39

This is the very first time I’ve tasted anything made from the Frappato grape, and it’s a revelation. COS, is a fully biodynamic, ‘natural’ wine producer in Sicily, named after the surnames of the three founders, friends Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Pinuccia Strano and launched in 1980. It is “pregno” with plush raspberry, cherry, […]

Greystone Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $39.00

It’s been 11 years since the Thomas family first put vines in the ground at Greystone and then harvested for this vintage.  The chardonnay is now really hitting its straps.  Rich and golden in the glass and smelling of, oh lord, just the most delicious melange of almond biscuits rubbed with grapefruit pith and dipped […]

Chard Farm Judge & Jury Central Otago Chardonnay 2015 $39

Most people carefully pick their way along the vertigo-inducing driveway leading to Chard Farm, praying for a punch-in-the-face pinot noir to calm their nerves.  Whereas I think the perilous journey is more than well-rewarded with this outstanding chardonnay instead.  Grown on their Lowburn vineyard, the fruit produces a solid mineral and spice backbone to stitch […]

Tesch Krone Riesling 2013 $39

If riesling with a kiss of green apple, lime and ripe peachiness sounds like a bit of you, then wait until you sip this dry little dazzler.  Tesch’s Krone vineyard in the town of Laubenheim, lies directly next to the Löhrer Berg on an eyewateringly steep slope consisting of coarse, decalcified loess and weathered sandstone […]

Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $45

Don’t fret if you’re staring at this wine thinking it’s a little less glossy than others.  Be happy because winemakers Duncan Forsyth and Anna Riederer, haven’t fined or filtered it, opting instead to keep the wine in its pure authentic state.  A state of black tea, cherry and mixed spice intensity. The palate is tightrope […]

Flying Sheep Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 $35

Crafted by the talented team at Osawa Wines comes this berry-focused, plum-packed and velvety textured red.  I love the red fruit, pepper and dried herb layers that are stitched together with solid acidity and sinewy tannins. Sip with: truffled beef tournedos www.osawawines.co.nz

Pegasus Bay Encore Noble Riesling 2014 $39 ★★★★★

Ancient glacial stones and mineral-rich gravels pervade the soils that this riesling grows upon, and during warm, moist days those berries succumb to botrytis infection with renders the juice golden and honeyed.  Expect glorious honeyed citrus and toffee-coated stonefruit alongside tangy, lip-puckering acidity and a deeply complex, flavourful finish.  Outstanding.  Sweet and succulently indulgent. www.pegasusbay.com

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