Veuve Laperrière Brut Rose NV $17 (4 stars)

If you prefer your rosé to froth and fizz, then this is going to seriously float your boat.  Created in France’s Loire (“loo-aah”) Valley, this is a super-smooth, berries-and-cream-crammed wine that has really seductive mouthfeel.  There’s a squeak of sweetness and spice, alongside a rich, slightly nutty finish.  Richly structured, it’s a real crowd-pleaser and […]

Baron de Badassière Syrah Pays D’OC 2014 $26

Badassière by name and badass by nature, this spicy, roundhouse kick of a syrah is produced in the Languedoc region in the south of France and is named after Baron Charles Emmanuel, the illegitimate son of King Louis XV. Plump plummy characters are buttoned up with pepper and dusty notes and a lick of leather. […]

Domaine Bernard Defaix Cuvee Vielle Vigne Chablis 2014 $53

Get ready, get set and go to a happy place of intense lemony, chalky notes that sit up and shout “Oi! I’m a Chablis!” Made from clean, concentrated chardonnay fruit, the result of 100% tank fermentation is a wine bursting with buckets of smashed quartz, grapefruit pith and minerality to burn.  Punchy, peach-driven and deliciously […]

Liberty Wines Les Vignes de L’eglise Merlot Grenache IGP Pays D‘OC 2014 $23 (3.5 stars)

IGP means ‘indication géographique protégée’ which is one of the new French classification terms.  It indicates some of the best value for money brands in the land, and I’ll tell you what, this is indeed a lithe little lovely from the Languedoc.  It’s not often you get a blend of merlot and grenache in your […]

VIGNERONS DE BUZET BARON D’ ALBRET ROUGE 2010 $35 (4 star)

Immediate aromas of coffee grinds, cocoa and ripe plum all osmose onto the palate in a wave of vanilla-soaked red fruits, medicinal spices, velvety tannins and a woolly, wonderfully dry mouthfeel. A cracker of a Bordeaux blend where Vignerons de Buzet is the union of winegrowers and employees who decided to take their future in […]

Dopff & Irion Cuvée René Dopff Alsace Riesling 2014 $22 (4.5 stars)

Here’s a definite new favourite for me, because I adore this style of riesling that’s packed with pure lime and green apple on the nose, crushed shells and wet stones.  It’s a dry style, yet has some gloriously crunchy, natural sweetness allowing a round, citrus-focused mid-palate and a generously cleansing finish.  Love it! www.wineseeker.co.nz

Château Trébiac Graves Rouge 2011 $27.20 (3.5 stars)

‘Graves’ translates to ‘gravelly land’ in French, and here’s a blend of 30% cabernet sauvignon and 70% merlot from this important subregion of Bordeaux, located on the left bank of the Garonne river.  It’s a medium-weight, savoury, soy and dark olive edged red with hints of prune, cocoa and smoke running through the middle.  The […]

Dopff & Irion Alsace Edelzwicker $18 (3 stars)

The name ‘edelzwicker’ comes from the word ‘Zwicker’ which means ‘blend’ and ‘Edel’ which means ‘noble’.  So essentially it’s a blend of noble varieties from Alsace, and that’s sylvaner, pinot blanc, riesling, muscat d’alsace, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, auxerrois and the Swiss grape chasselas.  It’s a pretty crazy spectrum of flavours such as preserved lemon, rockmelon, […]

Champagne Marion Bosser Extra Brut Blanc de Blanc NV $60

Enjoyed by First Class passengers on British Airways, and recent winner of the Chairman’s Trophy at the ‘Ultimate Wine Challenge’ in NYC, this jaw-slackingly sensational champagne from a tiny vineyard in Hautvillers (home of Dom Perignon) is made by all-female team of Bernadette Marion-Bosser (who rebuilt the brand back in 1994) and her young daughter […]

Jérôme Quiot Vacqueyras 2014 $33

A blend of syrah, grenache and mourvèdre from France’s Rhone region, produced by the Quiot family who’ve been making wine since 1748.  1748!  This new puppy has a lovely lift of fresh raspberries and redcurrant, cracked pepper and rosehip tea on the nose, followed by fresh berryfruit on the palate and a spicy kick on […]

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