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 […]

Huia Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $23

Expect a cheek-slappingly good explosion of passionfruit, lime zest, red capsicum, gooseberry and all manner of herbaceous heroism in this fully-certified, organic sauvignon blanc. Grown on the Allan family’s Boyces Road vineyard, it’s got power, drive and pluckiness on the palate and finishes with freshness, power and precision.  What to pair with this wine? Sip […]

Pieropan Valpolicella Superiore Ruberpan 2012 $39

Here’s a beautifully earthy blend of  certified organic, Corvina Veronese, Rondinella Corvinone and Croatina Veronese grapes  grown in the hills of the Cellore d’Illasi in the Valpolicella region. Gently juicy, it’s a strawberry and cherry-soaked red that’ll have you shouting “Mama Mia!” within a seconds of your first sip.  Saucy, smooth and savoury-edged – it’s […]

Bernard Schurr Organic Cote du Rhone Villages 2014 $30 ★★★½

Bernard Schurr’s wines are now made at his friend Laurent Delaunay’s estate, Domaine de Lambisque, in the northern reaches of the Cotes du Rhone appellation.  This softly spiced, earthy red is a blend of 50:50 Grenache and Syrah, aged for 9 months in large, seasoned oak vessels.  It’s got a lovely forest-floor character alongside fragrant, […]

Seresin OSIP Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $24 (3.5 stars)

Named after an ‘extraordinary’ family relative of Seresin’s founder Michael Seresin, the OSIP wines are the result of a decade-long project to remove additions in the winery.  Winemaker Clive Dougall has used wild yeasts, and absolutely no sulphur or other non-naturals have been added.  Seresin have been producing certified organic and biodynamically grown wines since […]

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 […]

Bellbird Spring ‘Block Eight’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Bellbird Spring ‘Block Eight’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $30 ★★★★★ This is a beautifully aromatic, organic sauvignon grown on Waipara’s ‘Glasnevin Gravels’.  Made by Guy Porter, it shows soft, finely tuned oak influence, elderflower, white peach and lemony characters.  It’s a stunning exercise in restraint with all the flavours and textures working in harmony, finishing with complex […]

Kaimira Estate Nelson ‘Iti’ Brightwater Riesling 2015

Kaimira Estate Nelson ‘Iti’ Brightwater Riesling 2015 $21 ★★★½ “Iti” indicates something ‘small’ in Maori, and the Kaimira team have used the word to reflect the positively petite alcohol level of just 10% in this wine.  Exhuberant, punchy and packed with lemon, lime, mandarin and crunchy apple characters – there’s nothing ‘iti’ about the flavours […]

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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