Kelly Washington Wairau Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Kelly Washington Wairau Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $36  Aromas of freshly-baled pea-hay, lemongrass and soft, white pepper characters co-exist with lime and nettle notes in a beautifully balanced, mineral-driven mouthfeel that is just delicious. Certified organic and very classy in the glass, I really wish I could confidently say that New Zealanders will pay […]

Circuit North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

Circuit North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $24.99  Crafted by the team at Black Estate from organically grown fruit that’s been fermented using a starter culture from the vineyard itself, this is a creamy, brulee and butter-smothered wine, with peach and grapefruit notes underpinning the nutty smoothness. Theres a hint of wildness and funk to the fruit layers […]

Hummel Villányi Hárslevelü 2016

Hummel Villányi Hárslevelü 2016 $poa (4.5 stars) Hárslevelü (pronounce it however you like my friend) is a grape native to Hungary and it’s also known as Lindenblättriger in Austria, (where there are also tiny plantings). The name means “linden leaves”, referring to the Linden tree, often called ‘Lime’ trees in English but bear absolutely no […]

Scout Wines Nelson Pinot Gris 2018 $30

It’s all about texture, texture, texture here in this organically-grown gris from Nelson’s alluvial Hope gravels. On the nose it shows green nectarine, mineral, quince and chalky notes that all osmose through onto the palate in a fresh, grigio-style example. Fresh, crunchy, lean, foot-stomped and fermented in a combination of tanks and old barrels, with […]

Scout South Island Pinot x Pinot 2018

Scout South Island Pinot x Pinot 2018 $32 Greg and Sarah Lane are the team behind Scout, a trans-tasman brand turning out Adelaide Hills chardonnay and reds from the South Island of New Zealand.  This little monster is a blend of 75% whole bunch Marlborough Pinot with 25% skin fermented Nelson Pinot Gris. Yep.  I […]

Churton Marlborough Petit Manseng 2016

Churton Marlborough Petit Manseng 2016 $49  Incredibly rare in New Zealand, Petit Manseng is grown primarily in Jurancon, in the Southwest of France, however the Weaver family are now growing teensy, tiny amounts in their biodynamic vineyard at Churton, in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley.  It produces an intensely delicious, greengage plum and toffee-topped wine which bursts […]

Huia Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016

Huia Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016 $32  If you’re not fond of blowsy, sweet gewürztraminer then you’re in luck here because this organic example is clean, dry, spicy and stitched together with lacy lychee and gorgeous ginger notes. The team at Huia are experts when it comes to growing good gewürztraminer (which means ‘spicy wine’ in its […]

Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011 $80  It’s very easy to see why Lance Redgwell put a ring on it and announced at the time of release that this is his finest pinot vintage to date, because seven years on from harvest, it’s absolutely blowing my mind.  Sourced from a small 5.5 acre (3 hectare) […]

Lamont Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Lamont Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 Bendigo is the warmest of all Central Otago’s sub-regions and that results in pinot noir absolutely erupting with ripe berry, cherry and tamarillo-tastic tension in the mouth. It also captures that moody, mysterious sous bois characteristic of truffle, forest floor and tea leaf tannins. So incredibly vibrant, it […]

Lamont Central Otago Chardonnay 2017

Lamont Central Otago Chardonnay 2017 $32  Winemaker Craig Gasson sourced superlatively good fruit from Sue and Andrew Penniket’s organic and dry-farmed Minaret Peaks vineyard down in Wanaka for this new release chardonnay.  Handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in a concrete egg fermenter, it erupts with sweet cashew, stonefruit and citrus on the nose and […]

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