Ogier Heritages Cotes du Rhone 2014 $25

This  wine is SO delicious and fruity and saturated with cherry cola, raspberry and black forest gateaux flavours, that I want to shout from the rooftops how much I love it! A blend of grenach, syrah and cinsault, its texture is toasty and mouthwatering and edged with peppercorn, blueberries, cocoa and redcurrant characters. It’s fleshy, […]

Flying Sheep Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 $35

Crafted by the talented team at Osawa Wines comes this berry-focused, plum-packed and velvety textured red.  I love the red fruit, pepper and dried herb layers that are stitched together with solid acidity and sinewy tannins. Sip with: truffled beef tournedos www.osawawines.co.nz

Esk Valley The Hillside Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Franc 2010 $69

Esk Valley’s ‘The Terraces’ is a magical blend of fruit grown in a tiny, 28 year old terraced vineyard overlooking the winery.  Occasionally there are stunning parcels of wine which don’t make it into the final blend and winemaker Gordon Russell has decided to create this, a sister blend called Hillside.  Rich, powerful and erupting […]

Clearview Enigma 2015 $55

I’m not one to tease, but in this case I kind of have to because if I don’t give you a heads-up on how good it is, then when it’s released in a couple of months you may miss out, and the wine will remain, an enigma.  With its glossy, inky, crimson-black colour, seductive perfume […]

Te Mata Estate Hawke’s Bay Coleraine 2015 $129

The March 1 release of Coleraine, New Zealand’s most famous red wine, marked its 35th anniversary.  Designed to age not across years, but across generations, it’s an assemblage (‘assom-blarge’ if you’re struggling) of cabernet and merlot from Te Mata’s oldest vineyards in the Havelock North hills. Left for a minute or seven in the glass, […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Merlot Cabernet 2013 $31.50 ★★★½

Southern-style Bordeaux blends might not have been on your radar before, but a sip of this will have you honing in on it pronto.  Deeply savoury aromas of soy, black olive, dark berries, dusty cocoa characters and dried bay and thyme all cuddle around plump, ripe plum and bold spicy fruity flavours.  Caramelised oak and […]

Sacred Hill Orange Label Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2015 $19 ★★★½

It might be fresh off the block but as far as rockin good red blends go, clearly 2015’s got talent!  Already this wine is super-sippable, with smoke, spice and dark fruits on the nose which lead to a full-bodied, chocolate, plum and peppery palate.  One more year in the bottle will do wonders for this […]

Vasse Felix Filius Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2014 $28 ★★★★

Vasse Felix was actually the very first vineyard and winery to be established in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia, having been founded in 1967 by Dr Thomas Cullity. It’s a gorgeous Bordeaux blend where eucalypt and bay leaf notes cloak the dark berry intensity, cocoa, tar and tobacco aromas.  The oak is […]

Soho Revolver Waiheke Island Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2014 $38 ★★★★

When a wine wins a ‘Pure Gold’ medal at the Air NZ Wine Awards, it means it’s consistently scored more than the minimum gold score of 55.5/60.  One sip and you’ll see why this wine’s done exactly that.  Saturated with dark plum and concentrated berryfruit, complex savoury spices and cigar box complexity on the palate, […]

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, […]

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