Bannock Brae Dry Central Otago Riesling 2016 $22.00

Catherine and Crawford Brown are best known for their intensely bold and succulent pinot noir. However when I discovered this little pearla of a riesling, I was completely seduced. Only tiny amounts are made of this incredibly bright, shiny riesling which bursts with crystalline lime, squeaky, silica-dusted green apple and a sexy little line of […]

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 […]

Black Peak Wanaka Riesling 2015 $26.00

I’m only a recent convert to Black Peak, having kicked myself constantly over recent weeks for not having known about James McElrea’s talents til now. After years of working across various Central Otago sub-regions he’s gone out on his own, nurturing a schist, gravel and mineral-quartz rich site, in little known Queensbury district above the […]

36 Bottles Central Otago Riesling 2013 $25.00

If you’ve been looking for lime in all the wrong places fret not, here’s your remedy. Grown in the desert-scape of Central Otago’s Bannockburn sub-region, this is a classic dry riesling bursting with green apple, lemon, lime, waves of squeaky acidity and a marathon-like finish that just keeps sprinting along the palate. Named after the […]

Te Hera Ocean Child Martinborough Riesling 2016 $20.00

If your tastebuds were doing a beam routine, the impact of granny smith apple and fresh-cut Winter Cole pears, combined with cheek-prickling acidity and a splash of honeysuckle, will give them the power to take a flying scissor leap and round off towards a somersault dismount. At just 11.5% alcohol, you know it’s going to […]

Konrad Single Vineyard Marlborough Dry Riesling 2015 $18.90

Far out, if you’re looking for dry riesling with snappy, toe-curling acidity, racy lime-laden layers and a distinct, kero-like character, then you’re opening the right bottle. Konrad Wines is fully owned by the Hengstler family, Konrad, Sigrun and their two sons, Conrad and Carlo who emigrated to New Zealand from Germany via a short, 20 […]

Palliser Estate Martinborough Noble Riesling 2016 $29 375ml (4.5 stars)

I was completely seduced by the sexy, orange-gold liquid that slinks into the glass, so to then be met by gorgeous, citrus-toffee notes, caramelized stonefruit and peach compote characters – just sent me into swoon territory. Fresh, zesty acidity perks up a hefty 70g/l of natural residual sugar and makes this a beautifully balanced sweet […]

Urlar Gladstone Riesling 2016 $25 (4 stars)

Angus and Davina Thomson sold up everything they owned in Scotland back in the early 2000’s to find themselves some prime vineyard land, grow grapes, make organic, biodynamically crafted wine, have a tribe of children and live happily ever after on the other side of the world. Urlar is Gaelic for ‘The Earth’ and yet […]

Johner Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2016 $20 (4 stars)

Karl Heinz Johner makes wine in opposite hemispheres, with family estates in Baden, (in Germany’s Kaiserstuhl region) AND in Martinborough’s Gladstone sub-region. Riesling is a hero grape for him and he loves the crunchy green acidity, pear notes, baked pipfruit, lime zest and honey characters that Martinborough grapes give. So much so that he’s decided […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat Dec 30 2017

The day I wrote this column everything went wrong. That morning, in a rare moment of Nigella Lawson domestic goddessness, I decided to make a cake. I’d creamed my free-range eggs, sugar and butter, had my organic oranges, lemons and sour cream on standby, and I’d even greased the tin. Then I picked up the […]

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