Archangel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 $35 (4.5 stars)

There’s a word that immediately springs to mind when you sip this wine and that’s “whoompha!”.  Bold, dark berries, clouds of cocoa and cherry-soaked layers of flavour, this is a pinot noir that’ll have you howling at the moon.  Solid, furry tannins dial the chew-factor up to fifteen and winemaker Pete Bartle has really made […]

Easthope Te Muna Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $49.95 (4.5 stars)

Pinot noir from Catherine and Murray Mitchell’s vineyard on Te Muna Road has been carefully whole-bunch fermented to retain the natural sweetness and delicacy of the fruit and then gently pressed in a traditional basket press before being matured for ten months in French oak to inject delicious layers of smoke, spice and earth into […]

Famille Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2015 $41 (4 stars)

The immediate punch-in-the-face of pear, green apple, quince paste in this brand new release of an Alsace icon will be something you’ll relish.  Luscious and exotically spicy, with honeysuckle, fabulous fruit weight and delicious drive across the palate.  100% pinot gris grown in the Riquewihr district has produced a lovely example, which may have tiny […]

Pask Declaration Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2015 $40 (4.5 stars)

Absolutely rocketing out of the gate from a standing start comes this shiny new chardonnay from one of Hawke’s Bay’s elite producers. Declaration wines are only produced in exceptional vintages and the 2014 won a trophy at the largest wine show in the world the 2017 IWSC and the 2015 will do great things too. […]

Hawkdun Rise HR Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $40 (4 star)

John Grant and Suzanne Bali-Grant run the Hawkdun Rise property on Letts Gully Road in Alexandra. Their HR pinot noir is floral and feisty on the nose, all raspberry tea and cherry. It’s a lighter style which shows soft waves of cherry and pomegranate that sneak up and grip you around the gums. Textural and […]

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Chardonnay 2014 $44.99 (5 stars)

The Clare Valley in South Australia is considered a cool-climate area and that’s why the folks at Taylors were quick to snap up the historic St Andrews vineyard and revitalised the old chardonnay vines. Luscious grapefruit and poached apricot add to its peachy complexity. Succulent and even a teensy bit spicy with a slick of […]

Domaine Servin Chablis 2015 $41.99

The Servin family has been crafting light and lovely, citrus-soaked Chablis since 1654.  1654!  So they know a thing or three about growing great chardonnay and guess what.  They’re French and they’re using screwcaps!  Chablis is a style of chardonnay where oak is downplayed or not used at all.  Fresh as a daisy and erupting […]

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Syrah 2015 $37.90 (4 stars)

A couple of years ago, the Marlborough-based, Ibbotsen family managed to secure a prime piece of grape-estate in the middle of Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels district and they have rocked it ever since.  Their winemaking team have fully got their talents around the big, gutsy, northern reds and that’s a great thing.  This syrah is […]

Hunter’s MiruMiru Reserve 2013 $49.90 (5 stars)

I adore the biscuit-like aromas of this absolute aristocrat.  The almond meal, rising dough notes and serious mid-palate richness in every sip make this a hugely satisfying wine that’s not only long and flavoursome, but also shows real finesse and delicacy.  There’s a creamy cashew and lemon-like complexity in this 60% pinot noir 40% chardonnay […]

Mills Reef Bespoke Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2015 ($39.99)

After decades of delivering some of New Zealand’s most highly awarded wines, Tim Preston and his team have decided to let loose with the creative juices and put together some wines/blends that differ from their mainstream range. This blend of 63% cabernet sauvignon and 27% cabernet franc has a heft of dried herbs, pepper and […]

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