39° Below Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

39° Below Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $25  For starters how pretty does this look in the glass?  A touch of skin contact has given it the softest, sexiest blush of pink and I love how it rocks classic quince and nashi niceness on the nose, followed by ripe stonefruit, punchy acidity and tongue-tingling textures […]

Vidal Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Vidal Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $19 This is an in-your-face pinot gris if ever I’ve sipped one.  There’s a lot happening in the glass and that could be because this vintage has splashes of gewürztraminer and albariño added for extra aromatic and textural complexity.  Heaving with baked pear and spiced apple alongside exotic floral notes and […]

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2017 $16.99  This wine is a little out of balance so it’s not the easiest of wines to drink.  Aromas of honey, baked pear are initially positive, yet there’s a slightly sour note on the palate which throws things slightly.  There are better wines in the Sherwood stable.

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2014 (5 stars) $34

Fresh, frisky and overflowing with flavour. This Blue Gold and Top 100 winner at the Sydney International Wine Competition is an absolute firecracker of a dessert wine. Sweet and indulgent, yet super-tangy and energizing, it has candyfloss and toffee aromas, alongside caramelised mango and pineapple pluckiness on the palate. Gorgeous. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy.

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2013 (5 stars) $34

It’s easy to see how this wine scooped a Gold medal at the NZ International Wine Show, (New Zealand’s biggest annual wine show) because it is so irresistibly unctuous and toffee-centric. Carrying concentrated mandarin and caramelized apricot and gorgeous honeyed flavours. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy  

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2012 (5 stars) $34

This citrus-stacked Trophy winner at the 2013 Air NZ Awards is, six years down the track, still carrying gorgeous acidity, caramelized tropical fruit, hints of honey and succulent textures. It’s an intensely delicious sweet treat that’s aging gracefully and exotically. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy

Massena The Surly Muse Barossa Valley Viognier Marsanne 2017 $41.90 (5 stars)

If your muse is all ‘treat em mean, keep em keen’ then they’d best stay surly because this wine is ridiculously grin-inducing. The winemaking team at Massena are mad as cut snakes when it comes to creating crazy-good blends and this South Australian version of Rhone-style classic just explodes with happiness. Yellow-diamond in the glass, […]

Manincor Réserve della Contessa Terlano 2016 $40 (5 stars)

Imported by Oh So Pretty wines, here’s a beautifully dry and delicious blend of 60% pinot blanc, 30% chardonnay combined with 10% sauvignon blanc sourced mainly from Manincor’s vineyards in Terlan, with a teensy splash of fruit from Kaltern. Both of these areas are in Südtirol, Northern Italy, and it’s like you can taste the […]

Earthkeepers Waitaki Otiake Blend #1 2016 $29

Grant Taylor, one of my favourite winemakers has turned his hand to crafting this bracing, tangy, citrus and spice-fuelled blend of pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer – and it’s just sensational. From one of the harshest winegrowing regions in NZ comes this dynamite, zesty, threesome, boasting a chalky-dry texture and a green apple finish. It’s […]

Moutere Hills Nelson ‘Chendoza’ Chenin Blanc 2015 $34

While it says ‘chenin blanc’ on the front label, this is actually a curious blend of chenin blanc and Mendoza-clone chardonnay, grown on the Moutere clay gravels of Rusty Rayne and Lisa Goodson’s Nelson vineyard. Toasty, apple-pie aromas merge with roast peach, almond meal and rich, grilled-grapefruit characters come from 11 months maturation in French […]

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