Clark Estate Clericus Wild Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Clark Estate Clericus Wild Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $35 Classic barrel fermented, wild-fermented style here, stacked with smoked passionfruit, bruised basil, toasty marzipan notes, soft pepper and lemongrass layers. Named for the most noble and intellectuals in Roman society, this is definitely the thinking persons’ sauvignon. www.clarkestate.com  

Ash Ridge Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ash Ridge Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $21 Lemon, lime notes on the nose and palate, they’re edged with seashell minerality and expect some marzipan and toasty notes from the 85% barrel fermentation as well. It could do with more generosity and freshness in the mid palate however. www.ashridgewines.co.nz  

Ashwell Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ashwell Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $20 Bright and bursting with citrus and nectarine notes in every sip. Add to that elderflower, lemon blossom and a lick of lemongrass and you get extra deliciousness on the nose and palate.  This little bit of Martinborough magic is intensely fresh on the palate, with zesty acidity, good astringency, […]

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2017 $16.99  This wine is a little out of balance so it’s not the easiest of wines to drink.  Aromas of honey, baked pear are initially positive, yet there’s a slightly sour note on the palate which throws things slightly.  There are better wines in the Sherwood stable.

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris 2015 $20  Located in the leafy climes of West Melton, 20 mins or so drive west of Christchurch city, this pinot gris has a hint of botrytis character happening, honeyed notes, beeswax and some roast stonefruit showing through.  Doesn’t really show the classic nashi, pear, quince and apple characters that […]

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2014 (5 stars) $34

Fresh, frisky and overflowing with flavour. This Blue Gold and Top 100 winner at the Sydney International Wine Competition is an absolute firecracker of a dessert wine. Sweet and indulgent, yet super-tangy and energizing, it has candyfloss and toffee aromas, alongside caramelised mango and pineapple pluckiness on the palate. Gorgeous. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy.

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2013 (5 stars) $34

It’s easy to see how this wine scooped a Gold medal at the NZ International Wine Show, (New Zealand’s biggest annual wine show) because it is so irresistibly unctuous and toffee-centric. Carrying concentrated mandarin and caramelized apricot and gorgeous honeyed flavours. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy  

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2012 (5 stars) $34

This citrus-stacked Trophy winner at the 2013 Air NZ Awards is, six years down the track, still carrying gorgeous acidity, caramelized tropical fruit, hints of honey and succulent textures. It’s an intensely delicious sweet treat that’s aging gracefully and exotically. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy

Hunter’s Kāho Roa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $23.90 (4.5 stars)

Hunter’s Kāho Roa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $23.90 Sourced from the clay-rich soils of their Omaka vineyard, the fruit for this sauvignon was crushed and the cloudy, high-solids juice poured directly into old French oak puncheons for a wild yeast (spontaneous) fermentation.  The wine was then aged on its lees for 6 months before bottling, […]

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, […]

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