Millars Vineyard Syrah 2014 $25 4.5 stars

Millars Vineyard Syrah 2014 $25 (4.5 stars) Take the little bendy track called Bush Lane above Mangawhai beach, and you’ll find the small but perfectly formed vineyard belonging to Ross Millar. He grows tiny amounts of darn lovely wine and this syrah is no exception. Ultra-pure peppercorn characters on the nose merge with lifted violet, […]

Bisquertt Riserva Petirrojo Carménère

Bisquertt Riserva Petirrojo Carménère 2014 $18 Chilean’s had no idea why much of their merlot tasted so different to the rest until a canny Ampelographer (google it) came along and said “that’s because it’s carménère”. Previously one of the 6 varieties permitted in red Bordeaux, this Colchagua-grown example oozes black berryfruit, tobacco-box oak, dried herb […]

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. […]

Squawking Magpie The Gravels Syrah

Squawking Magpie The Gravels Syrah 2014  The impenetrable, inky-dark colour saturation is the first thing that gets you with this wine, it’s incredibly dense, dark, a stormcloud in a glass.   Perfumed with blackcurrant, cherry and pepper-dusted damson plums, the nose is exciting , spice-driven and has smoke around the edges.  Elegantly structured, the core […]

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $48 ★★★★ This Esk Valley producer is on its way to completing a radical turnaround of fortunes, from being run into virtual non-existence, it’s been rescued and revitalised by sparkie-turned-winemaker Trevor Shepherd, who clearly has a knack for creating quality syrah. Intensely spicy and showing plum, dark berries, […]

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $48 ★★★★ This Esk Valley producer is on its way to completing a radical turnaround of fortunes, from being run into virtual non-existence, it’s been rescued and revitalised by sparkie-turned-winemaker Trevor Shepherd, who clearly has a knack for creating quality syrah. Intensely spicy and showing plum, dark berries, […]

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Nga Waka ‘Lease Block’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Nga Waka ‘Lease Block’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $50 ★★★★½ I fell in love with the concentration and intensity of this wine from the very first sip.  With so much lush, ripe red fruit and vibrant spices on the nose, you think it’s going to taste over the top and flouncy.  However the cocoa, cherry […]

Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $17 ★★★½ Bright raspberry and cherry aromas leap out of the glass in this super-approachable and super-affordable pinot. Gentle spices, soft plummy fruit and an attractive vein of earthiness on the palate makes this a really easy pinot noir to enjoy at any stage of play. Nice to sip […]

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $38 ★★★★ Ed Leung is a well-respected, Wellington-based dentist and his wife Marjory spent 30+ years in the banking industry, however they shared an all-consuming devotion to pinot noir, which despite all attempts, they could not shake. So today they grow their own, and with the help of winemaker […]

Brookfields Backblock Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Brookfields Backblock Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $21 ★★★½ How pretty is the colour of this wine?  Glossy and inky-purple in the glass, it’s also chock full of violets, bouquet-garni herbs and loads of dark berries.  There’s a classic hit of pepper – but it’s only there to cuddle the fruit.  Fresh and youthful, winemaker Peter […]

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