Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $60 Red wine lovers, look out.  What this wine has is a very particular set of skills. Skills it’s acquired over a very long time, skills that make it a nightmare for people who don’t like cabernet. Because it’s so glorious.  If you give in to its […]

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $50 Unfined, unfiltered and absolutely elegance wine-onified. Perfumed with peppercorn, bay leaf, bright violets and plum blossom, the palate of this new release by winemaker Lauren Swift shows deeply savoury characters, leather-slapped, game meat and mocha notes. Fresh acidity and fanging length of flavour. It’s a syrah that’ll […]

Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $59 How sensual and seductive and intoxicatingly aromatic this wine is, will have you weak at the knees and struggling to form a sentence with every sip.  Soaring with rosehip and rooibos tea, cherry, dark plum and mysterious red-fruit saturation that’ll send you into an exotic swoon in […]

Bodegas Piqueras Valcanto Almansa Syrah 2014

Bodegas Piqueras Valcanto Almansa Syrah 2014 ($15.95) A soft, easy, super-fruity syrah like this is just the ticket for a soothing sip to serve with anything meaty and spicy.  This Spanish smooth-talker adds berries and spice and all things nice to anyone who prefers blueberry and leather notes in their syrah and less of the […]

Ti Wha Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Ti Wha Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $57 With recent vintages scooping more trophies and medals around the traps than Bob Kerrigan could fit in the pool room, it’s no surprise to me why (on the back on an excellent harvest) the 2017 is nothing short of nuts-good.  Estate-grown and hand-harvested at Gibbston, […]

Kawa Grove Wines Muriwai Chambourcin Saperavi 2018

Kawa Grove Wines Muriwai Chambourcin Saperavi 2018 $50 If you were looking for two of the rarest red wine varieties in the southern hemisphere then you’ve come to the correct cul de sac.  Organically grown chambourcin (a french-american hybrid grape whose juice is pink or red, as opposed to other grapes where the juice is […]

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Reserve Tempranillo 2016

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Reserve Tempranillo 2016 $35 From the dusty, dry terraces left from the flow of the Ngaruroro River, comes this savoury, meaty, spicy wine.  Fleshy and fruit-forward, it’s a dry, prune and pepper-laced wine that tastes like it was made 10 years ago.  The alcohol is a hefty 14.5% which gives it […]

Silver Wing Preservative Free Waipara Pet-Nat 2018

Silver Wing Preservative Free Waipara Pet-Nat 2018 $30 Fashioned in the ancient pétillant-naturel or méthode ancestrale way of allowing the still-fermenting wine to finish itself off (minds out of the gutter people!) inside the bottle, this blend of hand-picked syrah and pinot noir from Waipara has been fermented ‘wild’, in barrel with native yeasts and […]

Karikari Estate Toa Iti Merlot Cabernet Franc Tannat 2016/2017

Karikari Estate Toa Iti Merlot Cabernet Franc Tannat 2016/2017 $30 I had high expectations.  Sadly the first sip sent me into some sort of cell of self pity.  This blend is rough, thin, weedy, prematurely brown in the glass and all kinds of wrong.  I keep an open mind about multi-vintage blending because sometimes it […]

Karikari Estate Hell Hole Merlot Cabernet Franc 2016

Karikari Estate Hell Hole Merlot Cabernet Franc 2016 $27 While the label excited me and had me running for the good glasses, sadly when I poured this wine, the disappointment was a major.  I’m a fan of Karikari’s wines, however this blend is ageing WAY too fast.  Brown, oxidised, watery and lacking personality and ‘merlotness’ […]

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