Mishas Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

Mishas Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $28 This is one of my favourite New Zealand pinot gris styles because it hits that perfect balance between the deliciously dry and mouthfillingly rich.  Think a tweak of yuzu, nestled amongst nashi and soft lemony notes on the nose and palate, this Central Otago stunner […]

Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Barrique Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Barrique Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $28 Named after the gigantic old gum tree that grows on Jackson’s Homestead vineyard that apparently makes ghostly noises as the temperature cools down and night settles in.  Made by Matt Paterson-Green, this sauvignon is hand harvested, whole-bunch-pressed and then fermented in old, French oak barrels […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017 $43 Wow.  Wow and triple wow.  If the immense punch of grilled grapefruit, buttered crumpet, and hints of smoked bacon and popcorn doesn’t send you sideways, the powerful, weighty, woof-inducing complexity on the palate definitely will.  Sourced from old vines and matured on its yeast lees in 30% new […]

Giesen Single Vineyard Fuder Series Marlborough Chardonnay 2015

Giesen Single Vineyard Fuder Series Clayvin Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $49.99 I have literally been doing a months-long Rumplestiltskin dance waiting for this wine to be released.  Certified organic and representing the pinnacle of what the team at Giesen can achieve from Clayvin, (one of Marlborough’s most sought-after vineyards), it’s absolutely stunning and worth every cent […]

The Last Shepherd Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

The Last Shepherd Gisborne Chardonnay 2017 $19.99 Toast? check.  Roast peach? check.  Buttery textures? check.  Nutty layers? check.  Gisborne-ness? Quadruple check.  Here’s a chardonnay that literally ticks all the boxes for a good time, especially if you’ve got a hankering for quality, old-school, East coast, toasty, roasty, buttery-chards.  What it lacks a little in length […]

Gem Gisborne Chardonnay 2005

Gem Gisborne Chardonnay 2005 Golden, glossy and topaz-tinted in the glass, this 14yo, wild-fermented chardonnay from Corey and Meg Hall has butterscotch, weetbix, toasted almond has definitely moved into it’s tertiary spectrum of aromas and flavours – brazil nut, vanilla, caramelised oaky notes and showing a long long flavour still carrying solid acidity.  If you […]

Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Albariño 2018

Smith & Sheth Cru Heretaunga Albariño 2018 $28 This is New Zealand’s version of the best of what Spain can offer, incredibly focused, pure and dry and heaving with lemon and oyster shells.  Sourced from the Bridge Pa region, in their iron-rich, red gravels, the acidity is like all the cutty-grass (or pampas grass if […]

Montsable Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2018

Montsable Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2018 $19.95 You cannot even know how happy I am to see this shiny new vintage of one of my favourite, sip-tastic chardonnays. Typically golden in the glass and heaving with lemon and grapefruity goodness, this gorgeous French chardonnay from the Languedoc (long-wah-dock) region is clean, juicy and jam-packed […]

Soljans Estate Fifth Generation Series Kumeu Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Soljans Estate Fifth Generation Series Kumeu Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 $48 This is the debut chardonnay from the Kumeu vineyard of a West Auckland Octogenarian producer, and it’s an absolute star.  Celebrating the welcoming of the fifth generation of Soljan family members (Tyler and Amber) into the family business, this 100% handpicked, 100% barrel fermented, 100% […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2018

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2018 $30 Golden and glossy in the glass and one swirl will reveal exotic aromas of ginger, rose water, white pepper, guava and a hunt of musk. To drink, it has a splash of natural sweetness, yet it’s crisp and juicy, not blowsy and broad – like a lot of […]

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