Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Basilicata IGP Greco Fiano 2016 $20.21

Here’s a 60:40 blend of greco (gree-ko) and fiano (fee-ah-no) grapes from Acerenza in the Basilicata region of Italy. The greco is responsible for the lime and herbaceous layers while fiano adds white florals, white peach, yellow plum, and hints of white pepper. There are even beautiful guava and peachy layers that extend the ripe, […]

Montesole Vigna Vinieri Taurasi DOCG 2008 $48

Located on the volcanic hills bordering two Campania regions of Irpinnio and Sannio, the Montesole winery have created a Taurasi (made from 100% aglianico grapes) that’s deeply spicy and saturated with black guava, cherry, boysenberry characters and shows strong, stretchy, dusty tannins. It’s common for these wines to wait decades to be opened, so we’ve […]

Grati Chianti Riserva Rufina DOCG 2012 $26.60

With 90% sangiovese at play in this Tuscan treasure, it was always a given that it’d boast lashings of leathery loveliness on both the nose and palate. Boosted by regional natives canaiolo nero and colorino, this Chianti is interwoven with notes of cherry and black guava, then boasts muscular tannins and an ultra-long finish. Definitely […]

Fantini Swarovski Abruzzo Gran Cuvée Bianco NV $26

Crafted from white varieties indigenous to the Abruzzo region, this wine is a new favourite fizz. I love the scent of fresh florals and apples alongside hints of mango and white peach on the nose. While it might be sweetly scented, the palate finishes crisp and dry. Clean and very pretty (complete with an authenticated […]

Le Bessole Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015 $39.90 (5 stars)

Here’s a cheek-slappingly gorgeous blend of Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and Rossignola from the good fold at Igino Accordini in Verona. Inky-dark and glossy in the glass, it’s perfumed with plum, red apple, earthy, caramelised oak and dusted with a smorgasbord of spices. Fresh and frisky and chock full of black cherries on the finish, […]

La Marca Prosecco D.O.C $24-$27

How stylish is this bottle? It shouldn’t matter I know, but it helps if it looks like money on the table right. Unlike many Prosecco’s on the market, it’s not sweet. In fact it’s deliciously dry, snappy-fresh, citrus-driven and has a light, ‘frizzante’ texture, so it doesn’t erupt in your mouth like a fizz-bomb. Instead […]

Astoria Butterfly Treviso Prosecco 2016 $19 (4.5 stars)

Been avoiding prosecco because you think it’ll be too sweet? Well, fret no more, because here’s a crisp, citrus-laced spritz-fest in a bottle.  This tangy example from Treviso shows lovely tension in the glass with a subtle lick of green apple and honey.  At a positively demure 11% alcohol, it definitely won’t send you sideways […]

San Marzano ‘Talo’ Primitivo di Manduria 2014 $25

Primitivo swings both ways and this sexy little sip errs on the sweet, spicy and super-smooth side as opposed to the more dusty, masculine, leathery examples out there. Named after the Talo family who grew the grapes which made the majority of the wine in this bottle, it’s a red that sings sweetly but has […]

Rivera Negroamaro Salento 2015 $16.99

Down in southern Puglia, negromaro is the most common red grape in the ground and it’s easy to see why its so loved.  Juicy, succulent, red cherry and berry layers combine with sweetly-spiced flavour saturation and terrifically taut texture in the mid palate. Sip with: Italian shredded beef sandwiches www.glengarrywines.co.nz

La Valentina Colline Pescaresi Auha Fiano 2014 $39.50 (4 stars)

Gorgeously golden in the glass and bursting with daisy pollen and marzipan-like aromas, Fiano is an ancient grape that’s experiencing a modern renaissance.  I love the light peach, soft almond notes, its  bright, vibrant, mineral-driven mouthfeel and white pepper and freshly-baled hay layers on the finish. It’s an envelope-pusher of a white wine that’ll rock […]

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