Dunnolly Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 ($18.99) (5 stars)

Absolutely banging citrus, passionfruit, basil, lemon, lime, sugar snap pea flavours abound in this new brand on the market.  Made by winemaker Nicky Parish, it’s an ultra-tangy tropical tsunami of taste and it has stunning length of flavour. For stockists near you email: winemaker@donnelly.co.nz

Hunter’s Unoaked Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $18.99 (4 stars)

It’s funny how if you put the word ‘un’ in front of something, people assume it’s going to be somehow lacking. They’ll have to eat their hats, however, because this heavenly little creature from Hunters hits all the right spots. Juicy nectarine and grapefruity goodness on the nose leads to layers of lemon and peach […]

Bellbird Spring Waipara Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 $26 (4 stars)

Guy Porter and his family are all hands on deck when it comes to making this unique style of rosé.  100% pinot noir grapes are crushed and fermented ultra-dry in old oak barrels to add to the complexity and character.  Mineral-driven, peppery, lipsmackingly dry – it’s a lean, clean style that’ll work beautifully with slabs […]

Brancott Estate Reflection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris 2016 $60 (5 stars)

This blend of the top parcels of sauvignon blanc and sauvignon gris that Brancott’s winemaker Patrick Materman has had his eye on for aeons, this unique wine has exotic aromas of white peach, marzipan, elderflower and a hint of lemongrass.  Juicy, mouthfilling and incredibly textural, it’s absolutely gorgeous to sip.  Created in collaboration with New […]

Coal Pit Central Otago Rosé 2017 $26.95 (4 stars)

With its enticing aromas of candyfloss, creaming soda and Eton Mess pudding, this shiny new pinot noir-based rosé also bursts with redcurrant, pink peppercorn and lipsmacking acidity. It’s a very complete wine, saturated with flavour while being delicate and stylish to the ‘nth’ degree. Sip with: pear and prosciutto salad. www.coalpitwine.com

Archangel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 $35 (4.5 stars)

There’s a word that immediately springs to mind when you sip this wine and that’s “whoompha!”.  Bold, dark berries, clouds of cocoa and cherry-soaked layers of flavour, this is a pinot noir that’ll have you howling at the moon.  Solid, furry tannins dial the chew-factor up to fifteen and winemaker Pete Bartle has really made […]

Bird Wines Big Barrel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $29.95 (4 stars)

Steve Bird employs the ‘Vernou Roll’ method to make this wine.  A process where he uses big old 900L barrels for fermentation and maturation.  Gently rolling the barrels regularly to allow greater integration of the oak flavours and the grippy, textural components.  Red rose, black cherry, smoke and a deeply succulent texture makes this one […]

Mazuran’s Vintage Port 1974 $P.O.A

Mazuran’s on Lincoln Road, West Auckland have been crafting port wines since the early 1940’s, and magnificently, have vintage ports still available to buy dating back to 1942.  They are the only New Zealand winery to distil its own grape brandy for fortifying its wines, many of which are made using 79-year-old vines.  79!  I […]

Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Rosé 2017 $22 (3.5 stars)

Certified organic syrah grapes have been used to craft this dry and mineral-driven rosé that’s light and lean and best served super-chilled. Not overly full or spicy, it’s a tangy, fruity, refreshing quaffer. www.stonecroft.co.nz

Lone Goat Canterbury Ehrenfelser 2012 $18 (3 stars)

As soon as you smell this wine you’ll have a throwback to some of those crazy, hybrid varieties of the 1980’s – toasty, creamy, hints of peach and lemon – pronounced ‘air-en-fel-zer’ is a German variety from the 1920’s and Lone Goat have got the only 1.2ha of the stuff in the ground here.  Honey, […]

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