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 […]

Sherwood Estate Laverique 2008

As far as sparkling wines go, the Sherwood Estate 2008 Laverique ($30)  is now a new favourite.  A 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, its lean, lemony aromas and elegant, minerally mouthfeel made it lovely to drink. Rich, toasty and fresh, it has personality, poise and fantastic length of flavour. www.sherwood.co.nz.  I have to be honest and […]

Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest Sauvignon Cabernet 2011

Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest Sauvignon Cabernet 2011 $17  No I haven’t got the name of the grape back-to-front, this new release is a blend of 70% sauvignon blanc, 25% cabernet sauvignon and a splash of shiraz.  It’s a crazy blend, sort of like a rose on steroids meaning its dark crimson, dense, dry, spicy and […]

Te Awa Sauvignon Semillon 2010

Te Awa Sauvignon Semillon 2010 $26  This is such an underrated blend.  I really like the extra ‘flesh’ the injection of semillon adds to the lemony, tropical sauvignon blanc that Hawke’s Bay is famous for.  Aromas of white florals, citrus and fresh-cut fennel lead to zesty minerality which slices across the palate leaving a clean, […]

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