Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $70 (4.5 stars)

The thing that I love about Riflemans chardonnay is that it doesn’t follow any model, any recipe.  It’s simply the absolute best example that Sacred Hill can possibly produce, from the fruit sourced from the tiny, heritage, own-rooted Mendoza block high up on the chalky terraces of the Dartmoor Valley.  Clean, precise grapefruit pith layers […]

Sileni Exceptional Vintage Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2013 $70

Hawke’s Bay could easily prove itself a powerhouse pinot region if wines like this become the norm.  The silty clay and gravel soils of their vineyards have produced an intensely concentrated, pot-pourri scented pinot that unleashes a tsunami of red fruits, earthy spices, tea and rosehip flavours.  Seductive and saucy. Sip with: lamb steaks and […]

Millton Clos de Ste. Anne Gisborne Chardonnay 2014 $75 ★★★★★

This is one of those wines that makes me want to do a little dance as soon as I sniff it.  It’s just a joy to drink if you get my drift.  It’s like (and believe me I’m seriously sober writing this) the wine is giving you a little oral high-five with every sip.  Golden […]

Alpha Domus AD The Aviator 2013

Alpha Domus AD The Aviator 2013 $72 ★★★★★ 2013 heralds the Aviator’s ninth vintage and it’s got real style. Bright, glossy, juniper berry colour in the glass and scented with red rose, pepper and dusty oak complexity. In the mouth it’s saturated with fleshy black fruits, fresh spice and smoke flavours, edged with elegant acidity […]

Craggy Range Sophia 2013

Craggy Range Sophia 2013 $72.95 ★★★★★ This rose and cedar-scented red is a blend of 62% merlot, 19% cabernet sauvignon, 18% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot. Juicy and concentrated, this wine offers exotic aromas of bitter cocoa, sun-dried herbs and dense, dark berry fruit. There’s also an instant hit of warmth and woodsmoke, graphite, […]

Craggy Range Sophia 2010

Craggy Range Sophia 2010 $73 ★★★★★ Sophia is Craggy Range’s flagship example of how the classic Bordeaux varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot can be sewn together to create a sublime red wine right here on our shores.  Scented with anise, blackcurrant, dried herbs and gamey, earthy notes; in the mouth […]

Mountford Estate Pinot Noir 2009

Mountford Estate Pinot Noir 2009 $72 ★★★★★ Absolutely gorgeous fresh berry aromatics combined with musky, perfumed, pot-pourri and rhubarb crumble characters in the mouth.  I love the luscious raspberry, 5-spice and cherry cola succulence.  It’s pricey, and higher in alcohol (14.5%) than most, but it’s sensational nonetheless.

Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial

Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial 750ml $70 It’s official.  The world’s most famous Champagne house has gone completely doolally but boy is the result delicious.  Released in a groovy, white lacquered bottle, the Ice Imperial is rich, golden and definitely on the sweet side of the fence – the total opposite of what we’re used […]

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