La Vie En Rosé Pays d’OC2017

La Vie En Rosé Pays d’OC 2017 $19.99  Crafted from the cinsault grape by Masters of Wine, Fergal Tynan and Giles Cooke, this is a sweetly fruited, full and generous roseé from the south of France that’ll definitely win friends and influence people.  Raspberry, cranberry and a hint of white peach, makes this an easy, dangerously easy Saturday […]

Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut NV

Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut NV $18 If you’re looking for a rich, creamy, cashewy, peachy bubbles with a hint of sweetness and a complete lack of wallet-impact then you’ve come to the right cul de sac.  Made entirely from chardonnay (that’s where the peachiness comes from), it’s a grin-inducing, biscuity little sip that […]

Château Puygueraud Francs – Côtes de Bordeaux 2015 $39.99

Great Bordeaux for under fifty bucks? It can be done and this blend of 80% merlot, 15% cabernet franc and 5% malbec proves it. Pour it into a large glass and swirl it vigourously or decant it if you can. That’ll inject a whoomph of oxygen into the wine, accelerating the aromatics and plumping out […]

Arc du Rhone Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013 $46

There’s a group of villages in the Rhone that when joined together look like an arc – and this wine comes from the most famous cru at the southern tip of that arc, the Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Three grapes, grenache noir, syrah and carignan have created an earthy, savoury, tobacco and dark fruited style that, seven years […]

Rolly Gassmann Vin D’Alsace Pinot Gris 2012 $39

The Gassmann’s have been winegrowers since 1611. 1611! That’s like when the King James Bible was first published and when Gallileo discovered sunspots on the sun. Modern life has this pinot gris maturing deliciously. Packed with punchy yellow plum, quince, poached pear and caramelised spices, the flavours are glorious, the acidity is succulent and refreshing, […]

Domaine Boutinot Les Six Cairanne 2014 $45

‘Les Six’ is a new, six-grape style of Cairanne (an appellation in the Rhone) featuring Cairanne Noir (Grenache) 40%, Mourvèdre 15%, Syrah 15%, Carignan Noir 10%, Cinsault 10%, Counoise 10%. Hand-picked grapes are co-fermented with wild yeasts aided by manual pigeage (punching down), gentle remontage (pumping over) and maturation in tronconiques (large oak vats) for […]

Domaine de Pennautier Cité de Carcassonne Rosé 2016 $24.50 (4 stars)

So pale and pretty, like the colour of a ballet shoe, this rosé is made from cinsault, grenache, syrah and merlot. Pink peppercorn and vanilla and smoke make this an incredibly complex, super-dry, provençal-style rosé that shows a hint of dried herbs and crushed quartz. Racy and robust. www.poshslosh.co.nz    

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2009 $100 (5 stars)

To clarify, Moët rhymes with ‘poet’.  So from today. It’s not okay. To say ‘mow-way’.  When the Chef de Cave (French for ‘Chief Winemaker’) Benoît Gouez declares a ‘vintage’ it’s something to notice because the quality doth skyrocket.  This is the 73rd time in the history of Moët that it’s happened.  Aged for 7 years […]

Maison Saint AIX Vin de Provence 2017 $26.99 (5 stars)

Such a beautiful, ballet shoe pink colour, this is quite the most glorious rose I’ve tasted in ages. Classic crunchy-crisp and dry, it’s a true Provence style in that it’s beautifully aromatic, and saturated with cherry and raspberry notes, and spruiking loads of spice. It’s fresh, frisky and fabulous to drink. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

J. Riehl Vin D’Alsace Riesling 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

Classic Germanic riesling style here, with loads of green apple and manuka honey notes, a layer of herbaceousness and white pepper and a long, tangy finish. It’s a great introduction to Alsatian riesling that’s on the crisp, dry scale of the spectrum and it’s a good choice to sip with chickpea and paneer korma. www.winedirect.co.nz

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