Bodega Tamari Mendoza Pinot Grigio 2016 $13.99

Here’s a lean, minerally pinot grigio with a hint of salinity, dried pear and nashi notes.  There’s a creaminess on the finish which mellows out some of the heat of the alcohol and allows some fruit notes to sneak through.  Good value grigio.  www.glengarrywines.co.nz

Passage Rock Waiheke Island Matuku 2017 $65

David and Veronika Evans-Gander have combined chardonnay, pinot gris, viognier and sauvignon blanc and hands down, it’s absolutely one of my favourite things. Ever. An absolute tsunami of flavour, grilled grapefruit, apricot stone, passionfruit and musky florals crash across the tastebuds and smash your palate to pieces in a beautiful collision of complexity. Sip with: […]

Seresin Chiaroscuro Marlborough Pinot Gris/Riesling/Chardonnay 2012 $43.00

Named after an ancient artistic term to describe the contrast of light and dark, in the 2012 Chiaroscuro, Seresin’s winemakers have created something altogether mesmeric. A blend of three co-fermented (where different grapes are crushed, juiced and fermented together) parcels of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling, it shows enticing, mineral-driven aromas with hints of toasted […]

Expatrius Advenus Waiheke Sauvignon/Viognier 2013 $39.50

Sauvignon blanc blended with viognier? Get out of the CBD! Yet Luc Desbonnet is a winemaker without boundaries, just a desire to create gorgeous white wine styles. I think he’s onto something with this quirky combo. The juice of both varieties is fermented in a combo of tanks and in new oak barrels to create […]

Terra Sancta Mysterious Diggings White Central Otago Blended White 2014 $24.95

A truly mesmeric blend of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Muscat crafted by Jody Pagey and Len Ibbotson – from grapes grown on a rather special patch of dirt down the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn. I’m a huge fan of blended, aromatic whites because they’re so exotic and complex. This example is spicy-dry, […]

Misty Cove Waitaria Marlborough Organic Barrel White Wine 2016 $39.99 (5 stars)

This is one extremely gorgeous blended white that’ll induce wow’s around the table I’m sure. Winemaker Andrew Bailey has co-fermented organically-grown sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and chardonnay grown in his Waitaria Bay vineyard in Kenepuru Sound and matured it in new and matured French oak for 12 months. The result? A wine bursting with tropical […]

Ferlaia Bianco Sicily Cataratto/Inzolia 2015 $20.00

There’s a reason why this is the house pour at some of the most exclusive Italian restaurants here in NZ. I’m convinced it’s because of its heady, exotic aromas of citrus zest, jasmine and white pepper. The crisp honeysuckle and lemony loveliness on the finish is ciao bella bonza. Catarratto and Inzolia are grapes usually […]

Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Basilicata IGP Greco Fiano 2016 $20.21

Here’s a 60:40 blend of greco (gree-ko) and fiano (fee-ah-no) grapes from Acerenza in the Basilicata region of Italy. The greco is responsible for the lime and herbaceous layers while fiano adds white florals, white peach, yellow plum, and hints of white pepper. There are even beautiful guava and peachy layers that extend the ripe, […]

Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Central Otago Riesling 2014 $28

One of just four Riesling’s to feature in the exclusive “60 Fine Wines of New Zealand” list for Air NZ Business Class, the Limelight cut it because it’s a consummate performer. Packed with incredibly pure citrus aromatics and flavours, it absolutely sings class and crunch. A lovely vein of honeysuckle-like sweetness cuts through the mandarin, […]

Gladstone Vineyard Riesling 2016 $25 (3.5 stars)

There’s something about the subtle, apple blossom, lime and floral notes that’ll hook you immediately. Here’s a wine with rich, dry, minerally layers which are a hallmark of the vineyards growing on the terraces of Martinborough’s Ruamahanga River. The team at Gladstone are rowdy riesling fans, and as their vineyards are now certified organic, you […]

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