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 […]

Rockferry Orchard Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Gris Pinot Blanc 2016 $39

Here’s a certified organic blend of 75% pinot gris from Rockferry’s Winery Block & 25% pinot blanc from their Plum Tree Block, co-fermented on their skins with indigenous yeasts. After 30 days on skins, the wine was drained and pressed to 1 oak barrel, 1 seasoned oak puncheon and 1 stainless steel barrel, then aged […]

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Blended Families Pure breeds? Yeah nah. Sometimes a bit of mongrel is exactly what we need in a wine… Rockferry Orchard Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Gris Pinot Blanc 2016 $39 Here’s a certified organic blend of 75% pinot gris from Rockferry’s Winery Block & 25% pinot blanc from their Plum Tree Block, co-fermented on their skins […]

French Peak Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

French Peak Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017 $30 Golden in the glass and powdery complexity and quincey characters, fresh apple and intensely dry.  Edged with white pepper and minerally, licking wet stones texture to it.  Bracing and bouncy, but seriously dry – so it’ll appeal to those who like wines that rip across the gums and […]

Terras Gauda Rías Baixas O Rosal 2016 $34.95 (4.5 stars)

Made from a blend of albariño, caino and loureiro grapes, this kick-in-the-chops Spanish white made in the Rías Baixas (ree-ass bye-sass) tradition put me firmly in my happy place. I love the crash of lemon blossom, lime zest and white peach across the palate, the smash of rain-on-hot-rocks minerality and the gentle, tastebud exfoliating character […]

Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Franschhoek Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2015 $22 (4 stars)

This is one of my go to wines of the moment and this blend of 48% viognier 41% Chenin Blanc and 11% grenache blanc should be on your shopping list too.  Layers of white peach, apple, hints of citrus oil and jasmine and a mash-up of minerality on the finish make it a complex, juicy, […]

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

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