Quinta Da Romaneira Late Bottled Vintage LBV 2012 Unfiltered $54.90

This Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) is made from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca and Tina Cão grapes harvested in 2012.  Then it spent around five years in oak cask before being bottled without filtration (to preserve the fruit intensity).  I love the crazy walnut and blackcurrant aromas that wash into a rich, seriously spicy, […]

Kidnapper Cliffs Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $54

Richard Painter is the winemaker responsible for this mind-numbingly gorgeous chardonnay.  The first sip made me want to get all Spinal Tap on it and turn my rating up to 11 out of 10. Vibrant and golden in the glass, with ripe, sexy grapefruit, peach and pineapple notes, it also possesses gunflint and quartzy, minerally […]

Erben Bürgermeister Lauer Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 1996 Riesling Spätlese Neumagener Rosengärtchen ($57) 4 stars

Yes it’s on the pricey side, but it’s worth every cent and besides, when was the last time you tasted a 21-yearold riesling? Some assume that the word ‘spatlese’ is going to mean the wine will be really sweet. Yet this incredibly fresh riesling from the famous Neumagener Rosengärtchen vineyard is beautifully balanced. Scented with […]

Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $59.99

Oh lordy, what a wine! With its alluring aromas of grilled grapefruit, roast peach, toasted almonds and a hint of smoke, I struggled to peel the glass away from my nose for long enough to actually put any in my gob! Thankfully I persisted, because it’s ultra-fresh, beautifully layered with banging citrus and succulent stonefruit […]

Domaine Bernard Defaix Cuvee Vielle Vigne Chablis 2014 $53

Get ready, get set and go to a happy place of intense lemony, chalky notes that sit up and shout “Oi! I’m a Chablis!” Made from clean, concentrated chardonnay fruit, the result of 100% tank fermentation is a wine bursting with buckets of smashed quartz, grapefruit pith and minerality to burn.  Punchy, peach-driven and deliciously […]

Tarras The Canyon Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $59

Just ten years on from launching his Tarras label, Hayden Johnston knows the trophy cabinet is already in need of reinforcement, groaning under the weight of increasingly hefty hauls of trophies and medals for his left-of-centre style of pinot noir.  The canyon has a distinctly meaty personality, black tea and toast notes, alongside comforting cherries […]

Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $56

Prepare for heaping wads of hazelnut, citrus pith, white peach and nutmeg on the nose followed by gorgeous, grapefruit, smoked pineapple and waves of juiciness which flow constantly across the palate.  Crafted from old vine, dry farmed, Mendoza-clone chardonnay from a vineyard named after Brick Gunn, champion NZ Skeet Shooter, this wine is beautifully balanced […]

St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $55.99 (4.5 stars)

Here’s a gorgeously glossy, eucalypt and herb-scented little star that’s classic Coonawarra through and through.  Blackcurrant, white pepper, smoky, cedar notes, loads of florals and a burst of black olive makes itself known on the finish.  It’s a masculine, complex example that’s leathery, earthy and definitely drinking nicely now. www.firstglass.co.nz

Unison Gimblett Gravels Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 $57 (4 stars)

Maturing nicely, this classic Gimblett Gravels cabernet oozes bouquet garni aromas, cocoa, mint and graphite alongside a squeak of vanilla and blackberry.  The acidity is still right up front, while the tannin layers are softening into a support structure as opposed to being a chewy-dry mouthful.  Savoury, peppery, leathery notes show themselves on the finish […]

Kumeu River Kumeu Crémant NV $50 (4 star)

For aeons, Michael Brajkovich MW has turned out tasty pinot noir and jawdroppingly good chardonnay at every level.  So it was only a matter of time before he opted to marry the two under holy methode traditionelle matrimony.  A base of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir were handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented with […]

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