Gladstone Vineyard ‘Pushmi’ 2016 $31.50 (4 stars)

It’s a rare thing in this country to see sauvignon blanc blended with anything. It’s usually pure, crisp, punchy and clean. However, the team from Gladstone Wines in the Wairarapa have opted to get a tad funky on it by creating a co-ferment of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier in homage to the Dr Doolittle beast, […]

Yeastie Boys ‘Pullyu’ 750ml $45 (as part of a gift pack)

Ever tried beer made with wine? Here’s your chance with this white ale that the Yeastie’s have added to their 2014 ‘Spoonbender’ series. Taking a small portion of Gladstone Vineyard’s ‘Pushmi’ white wine (sauvignon and viognier) to create a candy-sugar to use alongside the malts and hops in the brew, the ‘Pullyu’ is a strong, […]

Dopff & Irion Alsace Edelzwicker $18 (3 stars)

The name ‘edelzwicker’ comes from the word ‘Zwicker’ which means ‘blend’ and ‘Edel’ which means ‘noble’.  So essentially it’s a blend of noble varieties from Alsace, and that’s sylvaner, pinot blanc, riesling, muscat d’alsace, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, auxerrois and the Swiss grape chasselas.  It’s a pretty crazy spectrum of flavours such as preserved lemon, rockmelon, […]

Earthkeepers Otiake Blend #1 2013 $30

Here’s a gorgeously floral, delicately structured blend of pinot gris, riesling and gewürztraminer grown in the Waitaki Valley, one of the most unforgiving wine regions in the country.  Aromas of crushed shells, lemon pith, nashi pear, lychee, guava and white peach all lead to a juicy, spice-driven, richly textured and rather moody, magical wine.  It […]

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 […]

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