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 […]

Grove Mill Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013 $18.00

Gewurz-hounds ahoy! If you go gaga for classic lychee-soaked, ginger-kissed, peach-packed gewürztraminer, then this little gem will have you swooning. Especially when you find out it’s almost all gone and we’ve managed to nab a sneaky stash just for us. The perfume is exotic, the fruit sweet and tangy, and it feels mouthwatering and silky […]

Three Miner’s Herringbone Earnscleugh Riesling 2016 $23.00

Earnscleugh Valley sits half way between Alexandra and Clyde and it’s like a riesling nirvana. The label is a tad old school (but we hear a new design is in the works) but don’t let that stop you from appreciating its lovely pale colour and sneakily subtle, lemon and lime aromas. Yet it’s the juicy […]

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 […]

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