Paritua Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $42 (5 stars)

Winemaker Jason Stent 2014 vintage of this Bridge Pa-grown beauty is elegant, creamy, peach-and macadamia-crumble of a wine. Chock full of classic stonefruit and pineapple notes on the nose and palate, it’s refreshing, soulful and seriously satisfying, I absolutely love it. www.paritua.com    

Waimea Nelson Gewurztraminer 2016 $23 (4 stars)

Winemaker Hamish Kempthorne has crammed a cruise-ship sized chunk of creamy florals, luscious lychee, peach and ginger-dusted, musky notes into this bottle. Waimea produce crisp, satisfying, richly flavoured aromatic whites that, if I had my way, would be less of a secret and more of a ‘mustsip’. Try this with your next Thai green chicken […]

Black Estate Home Chardonnay 2016 $45 (4 stars)

The Home Vineyard sits 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. The un-grafted, Mendoza-clone chardonnay vines this wine was made from were planted in 1994 and since 2010 have been grown using organic and biodynamic practices, resulting in a wine oozing grilled citrus, layers of […]

Pukeora Estate Ruahine Range Pinot Gris 2015/2016 $21 (4 stars)

It’s a rare thing to see these days, blending two vintages of a still wine together (multi-vintage blending is common in sparklings), yet winemaker Max Annabell has made this work. A tiny pinot gris harvest in 2015 meant the wine was kept aside and when an equally tiny (but delicious) vintage followed in 2016, he […]

Stone Paddock Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $25 (3.5 stars)

With its attractive aromas of baked lemon cheesecake, creamy almonds and white peach, this is a delicate, focused chardonnay with a fine line of clean acidity and a long quartzy, citrussy finish. Get set for a zesty-fresh, Bridge Pa-grown glass of goodness as soon as you uncap this wine. Terrific with creamy smoked chicken and […]

Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $14.95

With aromas of marshmallow, nougat, nectarine and a squeak of butterscotch, this is a rather tasty, tropically-inclined chardonnay that’s edged with grapefruit on the finish. Balanced, tangy, toasty and fresh, it’s a good, all-purpose, crowd-pleaser. Sip with: Hot roasted salmon. www.moorewilsons.co.nz

Mud House Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $18.99

Sourced from Marlborough’s Omaka sub-region, this chardonnay has creamy cashew and roast peach characters, layers of citrus and spicy, caramelized oak and buttered crumpet notes. There’s a hint of textural ‘chew’ to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the finish as well. Sip with: gurnard and macadamia nut burned butter. www.blackmarket.co.nz  

Easthope Family Winegrowers Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $39

Sourced from Denis and Sally Gunn’s legendary vineyard, Rod Easthope has crafted a beautifully complex, whole-bunch-pressed (yes it makes a difference) chardonnay, fermented with wild yeasts in French oak, and it’s scented with a twang of smoke. Sip with: crayfish burgers. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $19.99 (5 stars)

Bright, herbaceous and with honkingly good length of flavour, it’ll come as no surprise upon your first sip why this wine walked away with a gold medal at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Classic passionfruit, lemonade and lime curd characters’ jostle with jalapeno, blackcurrant leaf and peapod notes to create a glass of […]

Hunter’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $21 (4.5 stars)

I really love the elderflower, lemon pith and passionfruit aromas and its plethora of deeply punchy and pungent flavours. Hunter’s are an absolute aristocrat when it comes to creating darn delicious sauvignon blanc, because they’ve seen it all and been through everything nature could possibly throw at them, so they know how to ensure that […]

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