Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $50 Unfined, unfiltered and absolutely elegance wine-onified. Perfumed with peppercorn, bay leaf, bright violets and plum blossom, the palate of this new release by winemaker Lauren Swift shows deeply savoury characters, leather-slapped, game meat and mocha notes. Fresh acidity and fanging length of flavour. It’s a syrah that’ll […]

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014 $25 Incredibly golden and glossy in the glass, this viognier is soon-to-be-released and once it’s out there, by hokey New Zealand, it’s in the bag!  Or should I say, “in the cellar”, because it’s gloriously gulpable.  Think rich apricot, musky florals, sweet citrus concentration and some botrytis influence adds […]

Wrights Reserve Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

Wrights Reserve Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $30 There’s a hint of musky, ginger and spices on the nose and palate of this chardonnay – so don’t be going in expecting the bog standard peaches and cream characters of your more commercial examples.  There’s an earthy, nutty note on the mid-palate and a truffle-like tweak on […]

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2018

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2018 $32 Elegant and nicely structured, with hazelnut and nectarine notes on the nose and it’s a sexy, mouthfilling style and showing great potential for cellaring. Taut, balanced and showing great character.  Nelson chardonnay is a new favourite thing. www.temaniawines.co.nz  

Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $59 How sensual and seductive and intoxicatingly aromatic this wine is, will have you weak at the knees and struggling to form a sentence with every sip.  Soaring with rosehip and rooibos tea, cherry, dark plum and mysterious red-fruit saturation that’ll send you into an exotic swoon in […]

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $25 The second I see ‘tomato’ and ‘capsicum’ in the ingredients for anything, I’m instantly reaching for a wine like the Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($25). Incredibly pungent aromas of lime, lemon, passionfruit, bruised basil and buckets of homemade lemonade loveliness all wash through onto the palate […]

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $29 Blended from four vineyards from the western end of the Wairau Valley after a long, dry summer, the Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 ($29) is a funk-laced, stonefruit-soaked, toasty, smoky sip.  Crafted using only free-run juice and left to ferment wild, with no additions, before maturing in barrel for 11 months, […]

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $27 This tiny estate located out Eskdale-way, manages to turn out pinot gris that’s consistently mammoth in the personality-stakes. With its new vintage offering a creamy, apple pie and cashew character on the nose, followed by a poached quince and roast pear punch on the […]

Torlesse Waipara Riesling 2016

Torlesse Waipara Riesling 2016 $20 I was really hoping for better with this riesling, having had some lovely experiences with previous vintages.  However there’s something slightly soapy and flat on the nose of the 2016, and on the palate it lacks freshness and a sense of clean fruit.  It’s unfortunately a little murky on the […]

Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011

Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011 $38 Holy toffee apples, Batman!  Carefully crafted by the legendary Kevin Judd, this little bottle of liquid indulgence has all the wicked sweetness of a sneaky dollar lolly mixture stashed under your pillow to nibble on when your mum’s not looking.  Hints of beeswax and spice on the nose […]

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