Linden Estate Reserve Dam Block 2016

Linden Estate Reserve Dam Block 2016 $48  Trevor Shepherd has finally released his series of Reserve ‘Dam Block’ blends, and this is my favourite so far. Featuring 72.5% merlot, 17.5% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc, this savoury black-olive-and-spice fest shouts ‘Make way for the King!’ to a parade of berries and plums on the […]

Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Julicher Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $45 It’s like inhaling the interior of a horse float, just after all the hay and other ‘stuff’ has been swept out.  It’s leathery and sweaty and feral, yet underpinned with wild strawberry, cherry and a hint of rhubarb.  Plush, plump and so incredibly smooth, it’s quite a gorgeous thing […]

One Off Red Planet Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016

One Off Red Planet Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016 $35  Winemaker to the stars, Rod McDonald has had a ‘thing’ for Martinborough pinot noir and finally, he’s managed to get his mitts on a perfect parcel of fruit to play with for his ‘One Off’ series.  These are wines that are never repeated and in extremely […]

Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $35 I’m a huge fan of this style of sauvignon blanc. I love that a ‘paper nautilus’ is only released when the fruit is exceptional (and 2016 was a rip roarer of a vintage) and I love that it’s been fermented in just one, single, old French […]

Osawa Flying Sheep Limited Release Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Osawa Flying Sheep Limited Release Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $35 Sealed under cork, this vintage is still holding solid acidity and freshness and tropical tones, yet the positively demure 11%alc kind of makes the wine feel a little meh and mediocre  in the mid-palate.  It’s ok but not great and for $35 I’d be […]

Framingham F-Series Marlborough Montepulciano Rosé 2018

Framingham F-Series Marlborough Montepulciano Rosé 2018 $34.99  It’s great to see rosé from Marlborough being constructed from a variety other than pinot noir, and if anyone’s going to get the best from southern-grown montepulciano, then it’s the folk from Framingham.  Perfumed with strawberry, creaming soda, and a hint of peppercorn, it has fleshy, plush textures […]

Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $36 Direct from the jazz hands of master Bridge Pa syrah winemaker, Grant Edmonds, this is a plump, plush, softly-peppered style that is drinking darn nicely now.  Earthy, and with elaborately elastic tannins, this is supple and sumptuous.  Buy now, drink now or forever kick yourself.

Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2015

Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $36.99  You know how some chardonnay’s look great in the adverts and there’s a lot of marketing guffery and so you buy it.  But when it arrives it tastes like the same version of disappointment you get when you buy a dress off instagram, which, when delivered, is actually a sack […]

Providore Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Providore Central Otago Pinot noir 2017 $39  Winemaker Pete Bartle upsticked from his native Hawke’s Bay in 2001 for the bright lights of Central Otago and it’s been veni, vidi, vici for him ever since. Now one of the region’s most highly awarded winemakers, Pete’s decided that since he’s earned access to some of the […]

LV Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

LV Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $48 Straight off the bat, this is by far the most delicious chardonnay I’ve tasted in aeons!  Aromas of creme caramel and freshly cut grapefruit and grilled stonefruit lead to the most elegant and statuesque palate that’s oh so concentrated and saturated with citrus and stonefruit.  Winemaker Louis Vavasour has gone […]

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