Sacred Hill Hawke’s Bay Helmsman 2015 $80 (5 stars)

My first taste of this wine was a few years before the millennium and back then I was told the name represented something that led the way that stood ahead of the pack and steered you in the right direction. This new vintage lives up to its reputation of focus and drive. A Helmsman is […]

Sacred Hill Helmsman Cabernet Merlot Franc 2015 $80 (5 stars)

My first taste of this wine was a few years before the millennium and back then I was told the name represented something that led the way that stood ahead of the pack and steered you in the right direction. This new vintage lives up to its reputation for focus and drive. A Helmsman is […]

Mt Difficulty Inspiration Cuvée Pinot Noir 2013 $95

Hang on to those medal-winning memories by treating yourself to this limited edition, one-off pinot created by Rio Olympic team sponsor Mt Difficulty.  Sourced from some of the oldest vineyards in Bannockburn, it’s a sublime marriage of cherries, cocoa-dusted raspberries, ribbon-like tannins, soft spices and succulence on the finish.  It’s outstanding. Sip with: roast duck […]

Elephant Hill Hieronymus 2013

Elephant Hill Hieronymus 2013 $95 ★★★★★ Named after a famous ancestor of the Weiss family, Hieronymus Ebner von Eschenbach (Lord Mayor of Nuremberg 1514-1524 apparently) – this inaugural release of a flagship red is a blend of the best Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Malbec (20%) and Merlot (20%) from their Gimblett and Bridge Pa Triangle Vineyards that they […]

Elephant Hill Airavata Syrah 2013

Elephant Hill Airavata Syrah 2013 $95 ★★★★★ This wine was 3.5 years in the making.  Choosing the best possible syrah rows, adopting a specific canopy management strategy to grow ‘super syrah’ and then working on it with kid gloves in the winery to create the first ‘Icon’ syrah since 2009.  This Airavata (meaning ‘the king-god of […]

Gibbston Valley Le Maitre Pinot Noir 2014

Gibbston Valley Le Maitre Pinot Noir 2014 $85 ★★★★★ This is such a young wine it almost seems like a crime to open it, but I’m a curious puppy and couldn’t help myself.  Glossy magenta in the glass and oozing juicy cherry and plum characters, it’s the dusting of dried herb, tea leaf and truffle […]

Craggy Range Aroha Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2013

Craggy Range Aroha Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2013 $99.95 ★★★★★ Highly floral aromatics, with rosehip and black tea, plum, rhubarb and a smorgasbord of red fruits burst through on the nose and make way to pillowy, cherry-bramble and spice-forward flavours. There’s a hint of cassia bark, pomegranate, white pepper and smoke followed by leafy, […]

Matariki Quintology 2009

Matariki Quintology 2009 $80 ★★★★★ After a few years in the bottle, this Gimblett Gravels-grown blend of merlot, cabernet’s sauvignon and franc, malbec and syrah, is really hitting its straps.  With sexy, exotic aromas of ripe blackberry and sweet plum smashed into seasoned saddle leather and sprinkled with dried herbs, violets, bitter chocolate and white […]

Sacred Hill Helmsman 2010

Sacred Hill Helmsman 2010 $85 ★★★★★ My first taste of this wine was a few years before the millennium and back then I was told the name represented something that led the way that stood ahead of the pack and steered you in the right direction.  A Helmsman is released only in years when the […]

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2010

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2010 $120 ★★★★★ “2010 is quite possibly the best we’ve ever done” announced winemaker Warren Gibson as I sat down to a vertical tasting of Homage dating back to the debut 2002 vintage.  It’s a wine only made in the most exceptional years, and the 2010 is definitely one of the […]

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