Cottier Estate Emily Gladstone Chardonnay 2015 $21.50

Chardonnay from the Wairarapa is one of my favourite things because it’s just so versatile. This is one of those styles that hits the middle of the lane where the stonefruit and citrus has a roasted, toasted nature to it and there’s a distinct nutty note on the finish. Yet it’s not weighed down by […]

Brightwater Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $20.00

Nelson might be claiming fame as the ‘aromatics capital’ of the country, but Garry and Valley Neale at Brightwater are determined their sauvignon blanc isn’t ignored. They don’t need to worry. I love the bright, lemony and floral flavours that leap from the glass and there’s classic elderflower and passionfruit for Africa. Tangy, generous and […]

Ant Moore Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $22.95

How pretty is this label? Almost as pretty as the gorgeous, organically produced, passionfruit fest inside the bottle I reckon. Incredibly tropical and herbaceous, this sauvignon is super sexy and erupts with pea pod, rubbed basil, lemonade and lime curd notes all over the place. Ant Moore is serious talent when it comes to winemaking […]

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 […]

Gibson Bridge Barrique Ferment Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 $46.99

Howard and Julie Simmonds have made it their mission to turn out tiny amounts of stylish, complex wines with truckloads of character. Only 1800 bottles of this gris were produced and it’s crafted in a dry, toasty style which amps up the interest. Fresh tropical and quince characters on the nose, lead to musky, chai […]

Tesch Krone Laubenheimer Riesling 2013 $39.00

If riesling with a kiss of green apple, lime and ripe peachiness sounds like a bit of you, then wait until you sip this dry little dazzler. Tesch’s Krone vineyard in the town of Laubenheim, lies directly next to the Löhrer Berg on an eyewateringly steep slope consisting of coarse, decalcified loess and weathered sandstone […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $39.00

If you can catch a whiff of struck match on your first sniff then welcome to the world of sulphide complexity, something I love to see a little bit of in my chardonnay. With smoked pineapple, grapefruit and grilled peach characters zigzagging across the palate and erupting on the finish – it’s a super stylish […]

Greystone Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $39.00

It’s been 11 years since the Thomas family first put vines in the ground at Greystone and then harvested for this vintage. The chardonnay is now really hitting its straps. Rich and golden in the glass and smelling of, oh lord, just the most delicious melange of almond biscuits rubbed with grapefruit pith and dipped […]

Te Kairanga John Martin Martinborough Chardonnay 2014 $40.00

This lightly creamy Martinborough chardonnay is crafted by John Kavanagh and has fresh, lifted nectarine, rockmelon, just the subtlest of toasty notes and a lovely fresh juicy character. It’s elegant yet mouthfilling and supremely satisfying. Clean, vibrant and zingy – it’s the type of chardonnay that’ll make your tastebuds stand to attention, aching to impress. […]

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