Paritua Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $42 (5 stars)

Winemaker Jason Stent 2014 vintage of this Bridge Pa-grown beauty is elegant, creamy, peach-and macadamia-crumble of a wine. Chock full of classic stonefruit and pineapple notes on the nose and palate, it’s refreshing, soulful and seriously satisfying, I absolutely love it. www.paritua.com    

Black Estate Home Chardonnay 2016 $45 (4 stars)

The Home Vineyard sits 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. The un-grafted, Mendoza-clone chardonnay vines this wine was made from were planted in 1994 and since 2010 have been grown using organic and biodynamic practices, resulting in a wine oozing grilled citrus, layers of […]

Sileni Estates Pacemaker Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2014 $40 (4 stars)

Prepare for a bevvy of blossoms, boisterous berry fruit and buckets of dried herbs and spices on the nose and palate of this intense cabernet franc. Bay leaf, liquorice, black tea and sou bois lushness are all jostling for attention in the glass so sit back and enjoy the battle. If this is your pacemaker […]

Easthope Family Winegrowers Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $39

Sourced from Denis and Sally Gunn’s legendary vineyard, Rod Easthope has crafted a beautifully complex, whole-bunch-pressed (yes it makes a difference) chardonnay, fermented with wild yeasts in French oak, and it’s scented with a twang of smoke. Sip with: crayfish burgers. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

Arthur Metz Steinklotz Alsace Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2013 $40

It’s not an easy thing to find Grand Cru Pinot Gris here in Godzone, but this one was well worth hunting for. Steinklotz translates to ‘limestone block’ and that’s what contributes to the deliciously dry, cleansing, mineral-driven mouthfeel of this wine. Perfumed with lanolin, nashi pear a squeak of honeysuckle adds to a rather sexy, […]

Le Bessole Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015 $39.90 (5 stars)

Here’s a cheek-slappingly gorgeous blend of Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and Rossignola from the good fold at Igino Accordini in Verona. Inky-dark and glossy in the glass, it’s perfumed with plum, red apple, earthy, caramelised oak and dusted with a smorgasbord of spices. Fresh and frisky and chock full of black cherries on the finish, […]

Matahiwi Holly Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2016 $39.95

2016 was an absolute screamer of a vintage for the Matahiwi team, and there was absolutely no question that they’d be making a ‘Holly’ pinot that year. It went on to score a Gold medal at the 2017 London International Wine Competition and as soon as you sip it you’ll see why. Huge flavours here, […]

Clos Marguerite Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012 $46 (4 stars)

Perfumed with baked plum and cherry notes, it also boasts soft, savoury, creamy layers on the palate.  Named after Marguerite, winemaker Jean-Charles’ wife, this pinot noir is much like her, complex, delicate and yet boasts lovely depth of character.  It’s a lovely example that’s maturing nicely and would be amazing with spicy, red curry duck. […]

Buller Wines Calliope Rutherglen Shiraz 2010 $49.99 (5 stars)

With its intensely concentrated, ripe red fruits, Christmas pudding spices and masses of cherry and blackcurrant flavours, this shiraz had me swooning. Seven years since vintage and the acidity is incredibly fresh and juicy, while the tannins are deliciously dusty and have lovely grip. Made from century-old vines, this Aussie beauty is named after the […]

Sacred Hill Brokenstone 2015 $42.99 (5 stars)

With a name taken from an old Sacred Hill vineyard known as ‘stoney broke’, the Brokenstone is now considered one of New Zealand’s most iconic merlot-based reds.  The 2015 is a blend of merlot, malbec, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc and it’s absolutely sensational.  Matured for 19 months in French oak, layers of cedar, […]

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