Whistling Buoy

I’ve sipped my way through the new Whistling Buoy releases from Canterbury and they’re rather snazzy… Whistling Buoy Kokolo Vineyard Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016 $36 (5 stars) Wow.  Here’s one ultra-juicy, exotically-scented, super-charged pinot noir from under the southern sun. Kokolo is a vineyard on a sheltered site at the head of Lyttleton and clearly […]

Ka Tahi Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $19.99

There’s a bucketload of roast peach and ripe apricot on the nose of this big, bold and juicy chardonnay. With butterscotch aplenty, hints of grilled grapefruit, a solid seam of buttered toast and cinnamon, it really does feel like the gift that doesn’t stop giving. I say that because the finish is ultra-long and creamy […]

Theory & Practice Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $21.95

Crafted by wine consultant to the stars, Ant Mackenzie and his viticulturist brother Bryce, this is a cracker of a chardonnay that’s jam-packed with punchy peach, juicy tropical fruit and gorgeous grilled citrus notes. It also boasts caramelised, toasty characters all edged with creamy, custard square pastry-like notes. It hits that sweet spot between ‘balanced […]

Cottier Estate Emily Gladstone Chardonnay 2015 $21.50

Chardonnay from the Wairarapa is one of my favourite things because it’s just so versatile. This is one of those styles that hits the middle of the lane where the stonefruit and citrus has a roasted, toasted nature to it and there’s a distinct nutty note on the finish. Yet it’s not weighed down by […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $39.00

If you can catch a whiff of struck match on your first sniff then welcome to the world of sulphide complexity, something I love to see a little bit of in my chardonnay. With smoked pineapple, grapefruit and grilled peach characters zigzagging across the palate and erupting on the finish – it’s a super stylish […]

Greystone Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $39.00

It’s been 11 years since the Thomas family first put vines in the ground at Greystone and then harvested for this vintage. The chardonnay is now really hitting its straps. Rich and golden in the glass and smelling of, oh lord, just the most delicious melange of almond biscuits rubbed with grapefruit pith and dipped […]

Te Kairanga John Martin Martinborough Chardonnay 2014 $40.00

This lightly creamy Martinborough chardonnay is crafted by John Kavanagh and has fresh, lifted nectarine, rockmelon, just the subtlest of toasty notes and a lovely fresh juicy character. It’s elegant yet mouthfilling and supremely satisfying. Clean, vibrant and zingy – it’s the type of chardonnay that’ll make your tastebuds stand to attention, aching to impress. […]

Toi Toi Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $30.00

Oh my goodness – prepare yourself for a hit of grapefruit sorbet, nectarine, grilled pineapple and waves of crunchy acidity to break across your tastebuds. The oak is impressively toasty, spicy and beautifully integrated with the fruit. The Joyce and Bonner families are the talent behind Toi Toi and every year their chardonnay just gets […]

Black Estate Circuit Waipara Chardonnay 2016 $24.00

If you’re looking for a chardonnay bursting with hazelnut, citrus and hints of toast and smoke then this is for you. North Canterbury has real talent for producing chardonnay showing sensational minerality. Combine that with a skilled winemaker who can create creamy, nutty notes in the palate spectrum – then you’ve got a great little […]

Silver Wing Waipara Chardonnay 2014 $27.00

Andrew Fox is one of the new players in Waipara, and he funds his tiny winemaking venture by being a builder and renovator during the week. One thing’s for sure, he can definitely buildreally interesting chardonnay. Creamy, nutty marshmallow notes and hints of grapefruit give it fruit saturation, while the wild yeast fermentation and philosophy […]

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