Montsable Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2018

Montsable Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2018 $19.95 You cannot even know how happy I am to see this shiny new vintage of one of my favourite, sip-tastic chardonnays. Typically golden in the glass and heaving with lemon and grapefruity goodness, this gorgeous French chardonnay from the Languedoc (long-wah-dock) region is clean, juicy and jam-packed […]

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016$65 At the time of labeling, this four-wheel drive of a wine had already scooped 3 international gold medals, so you can deduce that it’s more than a tad flash.  With chocolate covered liquorice layers on the nose combined with smoked game meat, dark berry-fruits, seasoned leather and […]

Waiana Estate Summer Sault Hawke’s Bay Rosé

Waiana Estate Summer Sault Hawke’s Bay Rosé $26.99  Named in homage to Cinsault, the principal grape used in a style that absolutely screams “South of France”, this rosé carries a serious caboose of character around with it.  Weightier and showing more generosity than its little sister, the Indian Summer,  this Tukituki Valley-grown groover heaves with […]

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $26  Produced by Graeme and Gillian Crosbie from fruit sourced from their Defiance and Domain Road vineyards, this gorgeous thing is scented with creaming soda, raspberry, sweet cherry and watermelonny wonder.  It’s a more substantial rose than most, super-concentrated yet taut, robust and spicy, with waves of […]

Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $25  Back in 1998 Paul Jacobson was an engineer and his wife Angela managed multiple local kindergartens, plus they were raising three young, Central Otago sons and life was hectic.  So that’s why they also become grape growers and winemakers – clearly suckers for punishment!  Today their […]

Obsidian Waiheke Island Vitreous 2015

Obsidian Waiheke Island Vitreous 2015 $31.50 A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this is how classic Bordeaux-style reds are composed.  Aromatically this wine is mindblowingly elegant and hearty at the same time.  I love the lithe, slippery texture, peppery mid-palate and marathon-like length of flavour. Gorgeous.

Xanadu DJL Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Xanadu DJL Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $29.90 Holy blackberries Batman!  This is a concentrated, grippy, muscular, cocoa and tobacco-tustle on the tongue.  As my dad would say, ‘this’ll put hairs on ya chest’ – so get the wax strips out and prepare for a ripper!  Crafted by kiwi-born Glenn Goodall (named Winemaker of the […]

Whistling Buoy

I’ve sipped my way through the new Whistling Buoy releases from Canterbury and they’re rather snazzy… Whistling Buoy Kokolo Vineyard Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016 $36 (5 stars) Wow.  Here’s one ultra-juicy, exotically-scented, super-charged pinot noir from under the southern sun. Kokolo is a vineyard on a sheltered site at the head of Lyttleton and clearly […]

Summerhouse Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 $19.99

Summerhouse is a family-owned company that harnesses the talents of legendary Master of Wine, Sam Harrop to create wines that were until recently only available overseas. Sourced from the Taylor Pass in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, this gris has punchy pear and juicy peach flavours, smashed together with crunchy apple and spicy quince characters to create […]

Eradus Single Vineyard Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2016 $18.00

Marlborough’s Awatere Valley injects its own distinctly floral element into all the wines which come from it. This rich, spicy, super-succulent pinot gris has quince, baked apple and banging acidity on the palate. It’s a gris that’ll hit that honeyed, citrus spot and brings in a classic edge of pear, white peach and pepper, which […]

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