Petane Station Gewurztraminer Rosé 2016 $30

Prepare for things to get cro-zay with this rosé. A collaboration between Petane Station and natural wine zealot’s Dirtoir, – this wacky wine is a gewurztraminer that’s had extra skin contact in the ferment and a splash of syrah to inject some perfectly pink colour. Aromas of pink peppercorn, fennel, musky raspberry notes and classic […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Sauvignon Semillon 2014 $31 ★★★★

I love the aromas of freshly baled hay, lemongrass, dried basil, grilled peach, watercress and scorched toast.  It’s one of my favourite blended whites and its’ a wine that’ll totally change your whole perception of sauvignon blanc.  It’s a highly complex wine, rich and herbaceous, wth a vein of tangy acidity and honeyed citrus running […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Sauvignon Semillon 2015 $31 (4.5 stars)

This rare-for-here blend is now a North Canterbury icon, and it’s definitely one of those try-before-you-die styles.  Crafted by Mat Donaldson from vines now 30+ yrs old, both the sauvignon blanc and the semillon parcels were fermented with wild yeasts and 15% of the sauvignon went into brand new French oak, while the semillon stayed […]

RM Wines One Off Gisborne Marsanne Viognier 2015

It’s not often we see a local interpretation of this famously versatile Rhone-style blend.  Pretty and golden in the glass and bursting with fig, flint, smoky stonefruit and smashed stones.  In the mouth there’s a lovely layer of citrus and white peach, just-ripe apricot and oh-so-subtle honeyed notes.  It’s a deliciously dry yet generously proportioned […]

Terra Sancta Central Otago Mysterious White 2014

Terra Sancta Central Otago Mysterious White 2014 $24 ★★★½ Well there’s nothing I love more than a good mystery, and this cheek-slappingly tasty blend of muscat, gewürztraminer, pinot gris and riesling has plenty of that.  With aroma of musk and apple skin, chalky mineral-like notes, powdery florals and punchy, white peach it’s a complex task […]

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2013

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2013 $30 ★★★★★ The Donaldson family in Waipara, North Canterbury, have been crafting this quirky version of sauvignon since AGES ago, and it’s now got something resembling a cult following for its incredibly complex, toasty, tropical and herbaceous flavours.  A splash of semillon imparts a distinct ‘moist hay’ and roasted almond […]

Bellbird Spring Home Block White 2013

Bellbird Spring Home Block White 2013 $30 ★★★★ Guy Porter has blended together an eyebrow-raising combo of riesling, muscat, gewürztraminer and pinot gris from his family vineyard on Georges Road, Waipara to create a wine redolent of yellow roses and grandma’s overnight bag – perfumed and sweet on the nose.  In the mouth it has […]

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Marsanne Viognier 2014

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Marsanne Viognier 2014 $30 ★★★★½ I LOVE this local version of a French favourite.  With lifted, lemon verbena, crushed herbs, anise and white pepper characters on the nose followed by rich, juicy stonefruit and spice layers in the mouth, it’s just a joy to drink.  “2014 was a great year for […]

Riverby Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Semillon 2011

Riverby Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Semillon 2011 $26  An injection of 35% semillon, with its hay fields and herb notes, adds depth and complexity to snappy, citrus-driven sauvignon blanc.  This is the debut effort for this style from Riverby, and 8 months in new french oak has led to a lovely amalgamation of white peach, lemongrass, […]

Mission Estate Fête Hand Harvested Cuvee NV

Mission Estate Fête Hand Harvested Cuvee NV $23 Fête is French for ‘party’ apparently and a splash of pinot gris injects a fruity, tropical, nashi pear note into this wine which will definitely please the crowds.  It also has an interesting nutty, textural finish.  Following on from the legendary 1963 ‘Fontanella’, the ‘Fête’ was designed […]

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