Viento Aliseo Rosado 2015 $15.99

Organic, biodynamically crafted rosé or ‘rosado’ here from the folk at Dominio De Punctum in Spain’s La Mancha region.  Made from 100% bobal grapes (the name derives from ‘bovale’ after the bull’s head shape of the bunches).  Pale, ballet shoe pink and showing strawberry shortcake and pink peppercorn aromas, it’s got a saucy, slightly salty […]

Wrights Gisborne Chardonnay 2015 $28

Crafted by organic pioneers Geoff and Nicola Wright from fruit grown in their Manutuke and Ormond vineyards, this is a different style of chardonnay in that its scented with green apple, lime and hints of nashi amongst the more signature peach, nougat and grapefruit. There’s a smidge of roasty, toasty oak, a whiff of smoke […]

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $19.99

Certified organic chardonnay here from Geoff and Nicola Wright, chardonnay that has a distinct ‘struck match’ aroma, smoky, flinty layers that once pushed through, give way to a ripe, rich, viscose palate packed with peach, caramelised, toasty characters, butterscotch and nutty notes on the finish. It’s a complex little chardonnay with bright acidity and a […]

Domaine Mas Theo Ferme Theolas 2012 $27

If you wanted a crash course in what great tasting ‘natural’ wine tastes like – then here’s your opportunity. Organic and biodynamically certified, this fantastic Francais blend of 40% grenache, 40% syrah and 20% carignan has bright, sweet red cherry, boysenberry and smooth, peppery characters and a juicy, succulent mouthfeel.  I absolutely love this wine. […]

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2016 $22.99

When it comes to producing New Zealand’s first certified organic AND biodynamic pinot noir – the team at Richmond Plains can claim that victory.  Here they’ve taken ripe, handpicked pinot noir fruit, crushed it and quickly whisked the red skins away – so the wine remains white.  The aromas are of stonefruits, soft cherry and […]

Millton Riverpoint Gisborne Viognier 2015 $26

Here’s a lovely mandarin-massaged viognier from the sun-soaked East Coast that you can really wrap your chops around.  Perfect to serve with salty, savoury dishes, this organic, biodynamically-grown wine oozes citrus oil, apricot kernel, grapefruit zest and reveals a clean, succulent mouthfeel and a ribbon-like mouthfeel. Sip with: paper thin slices of prosciutto www.millton.co.nz

COS Frappato 2015 $39

This is the very first time I’ve tasted anything made from the Frappato grape, and it’s a revelation. COS, is a fully biodynamic, ‘natural’ wine producer in Sicily, named after the surnames of the three founders, friends Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti and Pinuccia Strano and launched in 1980. It is “pregno” with plush raspberry, cherry, […]

Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Pinot Gris 2016 $19.99 4.5 stars

How’s this for hands-off winemaking. Organic fruit harvested a little later than normal to enhance the fruit sweetness and then the juice is left to soak overnight with the skins to extract a little more texture and complexity. Extended lees stirring during a ferment kickstarted with wild yeasts from the vineyard itself has added layers […]

Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $44 Biodynamic winegrowing is where the Weaver family of Waihopai Valley excel, so when the winemaker offers to show you his “poo pits” I suggest you accept with a smile because (weirdly) they’re actually rather inspiring. This pinot erupts with bright berries, tangy black tea and sweet dark fruit concentration. […]

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $21 ★★★★ Fact: Richmond Plains produced New Zealand’s first sauvignon blanc from fully-certified organic and biodynamic grapes years ago, and they’re still doing excellent work.  Floral and forward, it’s stacked with peach and passionfruit, tangy citrus and even a squeak of feijoa makes it in there.  It’s a sauvignon […]

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