Urlar Gladstone Riesling 2016 $25 (4 stars)

Angus and Davina Thomson sold up everything they owned in Scotland back in the early 2000’s to find themselves some prime vineyard land, grow grapes, make organic, biodynamically crafted wine, have a tribe of children and live happily ever after on the other side of the world. Urlar is Gaelic for ‘The Earth’ and yet […]

Johner Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2016 $20 (4 stars)

Karl Heinz Johner makes wine in opposite hemispheres, with family estates in Baden, (in Germany’s Kaiserstuhl region) AND in Martinborough’s Gladstone sub-region. Riesling is a hero grape for him and he loves the crunchy green acidity, pear notes, baked pipfruit, lime zest and honey characters that Martinborough grapes give. So much so that he’s decided […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat Dec 30 2017

The day I wrote this column everything went wrong. That morning, in a rare moment of Nigella Lawson domestic goddessness, I decided to make a cake. I’d creamed my free-range eggs, sugar and butter, had my organic oranges, lemons and sour cream on standby, and I’d even greased the tin. Then I picked up the […]

Rockburn Tigermoth Central Otago Riesling 2015 $33

This wine tastes like it was hurtling to earth inside a meteorite because of the way it explodes into a million parts on your palate.  Crammed with crunchy-sweet, granny smith apple, Tahitian lime and buckets of quartzy minerality in every sip, this vegan-friendly riesling absolutely soars across your tastebuds.  Mandarin and yuzu-soaked yumminess.  More please! […]

Judge Rock Central Otago Riesling 2016 $24

A lovely, honey-biscuit aroma leads to soft apple and citrus concentration in this Alexandra-grown goblet of goodness.  A burst of natural sweetness is balanced out by crushed shell minerality, tangy acidity and spicy complexity on the finish.  Textural and taut. Sip with: garlic smoked mussels. www.judgerock.co.nz  

Millton Opou Vineyard Gisborne Riesling 2015 $28

Organic, biodynamically-grown goodness here from East Coast icons James and Annie Millton.  At just 8.5% alc, it’s retained a hefty whack of natural, honeysuckle-like sweetness which harmoniously connects with zesty, citrus-led freshness, apple, lime and all-round loveliness. Sip with: chicken tikka marsala. www.millton.co.nz

Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Riesling 2016 $19.66

The soft, spicy apple and lime aromas of this beautifully bone-dry riesling really appeal.  Immediately zesty and gum-tingling on the palate, boatloads of mandarin, lemon, and grapefruity goodness abound on the finish. Sip with: parsley and panko crusted fish fillets. www.tohuwines.co.nz  

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column for Sat Oct 21 2017

Labour Weekend.  That means it’s time for your annual momentary lapse of riesling… Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Riesling 2016 $19.66 The soft, spicy apple and lime aromas of this beautifully bone-dry riesling really appeal.  Immediately zesty and gum-tingling on the palate, boatloads of mandarin, lemon, and grapefruity goodness abound on the finish. Sip with: parsley […]

Ceres Black Rabbit Riesling 2017 $27.99

Holy apple sorbet Batman! This is one heck of a magnificent riesling from a stunning Central Otago site. True to its namesake, boy does this riesling have bounce! Crunchy green apple, ripe, juicy lime and truckloads of tangy tropical tastiness all jostle for attention. Yes there’s a smash of natural sweetness present, but it’s balanced […]

Black Stilt Waitaki Valley Riesling 2014 $22 (3.5 stars)

Waitaki sits on the border of North Otago and South Canterbury, and it’s one of the most remote and raw parts of the country.  It has a kind of other-worldly feel to it, and the quality of the wines that come from the lime-laden soils of Richie McCaw country have power, purity and personality to […]

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