Pulpoloco Campo De Borja Rosado 2015 $9.99 (3 stars)

Created from 100% Grenache grapes grown in Spain’s Campo de Borja D.O, this is a super-fruity, raspberry and cherry-saturated rosé that smells and tastes like peppercorns soaking in a glass of creaming soda.  Spicy-sweet, yet nicely balanced acidity – tangy and a good little quaffer for sure. www.advintage.co.nz

Old North Road Pinot Noir 2013

Old North Road Pinot Noir 2013 $8.99 ★★½ It’s a local brand, from out West Auckland way, but the label doesn’t say where exactly in NZ the fruit has come from, so it’s anyone’s guess.   On first sniff there are some baked berry aromas edged with leafy, herbal notes and a whiff of something spicy.  […]

Jacob’s Creek Classic Pinot Noir 2013

Jacob’s Creek Classic Pinot Noir 2013 $7.90 ★★ On the upside, this wine is very fruity on the nose, with all sorts of strawberry, raspberry leaf and cherry things going on.  In the mouth there are some pinot-like flavours, hints of spice and plum – but sadly it’s all a bit watery and there’s an […]

Whitecliff Pinot Noir 2014

Whitecliff Pinot Noir 2014 $8.99 ★★½ A local supermarket budget brand that’s been around for aeons, the Whitecliff pinot is actually an Australian wine.  But that’s ok because let’s face it, you’re seriously up against it to make pinot noir in this country for that sort of price.  It has some sweet, spicy notes on […]

Six Decent Wines for Under Sixty Dollars – Can we do it?

This week I set myself a challenge to see if I could find six decent wines for under $60.  There’s deep discounting going on left right and sideways out there in supermarketland at the moment, so it shouldn’t be too hard I thought. Because of the nature of my job, I do get to taste […]

Kingfisher Bay Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Kingfisher Bay Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $10 Apart from exhibiting all those classic passionfruit, lemon, peapod and grassy notes we love so much about Marlborough Sauvignon, this has the added burst of bubbles giving it a celebratory feel. Best of all it’s sealed with a re-useable ‘zork’ stopper meaning you can pop the bottle back in […]

Overstone Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2009

Overstone Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2009 $7.99  For less than ten bucks this is a cracker.  Aromas of white peach, toasted nuts lead to juicy, peach notes on the palate.  Fresh acidity means it also has a lot of life in it yet.  Available from www.blackmarket.co.nz

Invercargill Brewery Men’n Skuurts Scottish Ale

Invercargill Brewery ‘Men’N Skurrts’ Scottish Ale 330ml $6 This gutsy, malty, frothy-headed Scotch ale tips its hat to Invercargill’s pioneering forefathers with a splash of peat smoke. It’s a solid, Southland beer that’ll warm the cockles and shiver your timbers – but only for a limited time. Visit www.invercargillbrewery.co.nz for how and where to buy. Invercargill Brewery’s […]

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