Millars Vineyard Syrah 2014 $25 4.5 stars

Millars Vineyard Syrah 2014 $25 (4.5 stars) Take the little bendy track called Bush Lane above Mangawhai beach, and you’ll find the small but perfectly formed vineyard belonging to Ross Millar. He grows tiny amounts of darn lovely wine and this syrah is no exception. Ultra-pure peppercorn characters on the nose merge with lifted violet, […]

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Gruner Veltliner

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Central Otago Grüner Veltliner 2015 $25 Catherine and Crawford Brown have transformed a rabbit-ruined paddock into an award-winning vineyard that’s an oeno-nirvana of pinot noir, riesling and now Grüner Veltliner (Grooner-velt-leener). Bracing layers of acidity slice apart the white nectarine, lime and seashell notes of this wine. The signature white of Austria […]

Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

Churton Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $44 Biodynamic winegrowing is where the Weaver family of Waihopai Valley excel, so when the winemaker offers to show you his “poo pits” I suggest you accept with a smile because (weirdly) they’re actually rather inspiring. This pinot erupts with bright berries, tangy black tea and sweet dark fruit concentration. […]

The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV

The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV $29 ★★★★ Despite being recent converts to the sparkling shiraz, Kiwis are loving it; one sip of this tongue-pumpingly sweet sparkler and you’ll see why. Dark black-currant and cherry flavours merge with a blast of mocha, bitter chocolate and baking spices on the palate, plus there’s a lick of zingy […]

The Willows Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010

The Willows Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010 $34 ★★★★ Deeply meaty on the nose and palate, this is definitely more on the savoury side for shiraz and way less jammy than most.  In fact, there’s a distinct roasting pan, gravy-like richness to this wine that oozes personality and depth. It also has good, solid acidity to […]

Matawhero Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2013

Matawhero Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2013 $25.99 ★★★★★ I love the scent of this wine, it’s all toasted croissants, grilled nectarines, custard squares and fresh pinapple in the glass.  Deliciously layered with tropical tones, elegant spices and crisp, tangy acidity on the finish.  It’s gorgeousness from Gisborne that you definitely should try pronto.  www.glengarrywines.co.nz  

Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 $30 ★★★★½ Pinot gris has proved an unstoppable force in this country, particularly over the last decade. It’s now our fourth most-widely-planted variety and our wine producers are now crushing a whopping 24000 tonnes of the stuff. That’s almost 1500 times the quantity they were processing in 2005. Kevin Judd of […]

Marie & Cecile Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Reserve

Marie & Cecile Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Reserve $39.95 ★★★ Fruity and peachy, floral and musky – a creamy, nutty example.  www.federalmerchants.co.nz

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