Ara Resolute Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $22.99 (5 stars)

Oh wow! This is the kind of sauvignon blanc that gives me goosebumps. Absolutely heaving with herbaceous, lemongrassy lusciousness, passionfruit and sweaty, grassy goodness. Ripe, rich and rocking the lemonade and lime notes in every sip. Sourced from fruit grown in the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai Rivers in Marlborough, it’s lifted and lovely […]

My notes on Obsidian Waiheke Island new releases…

Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017 $48 The stylish, chablis-like elegance of this wine makes it a showstopper for me. I love the purity of fruit, intense citrus, and minerality on the mid-palate, peachy backbone and the dusting of subtle nutty notes on the finish. It’s a beautifully balanced example and I’m officially obsessed with […]

Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $22.99 (3.5 stars)

If you’re looking for a lightly-styled, lush, plush pinot noir that’s sewn together with spice, and rosehip tea, then this may be for you. It’s slippery and soft, with an earthy undertone and decent length of flavour and if you’re magicking up some creamy mushroom pasta then here’s your match. For stockists near you phone […]

Young Estate Bettie Bubbles Methode Traditionelle NV $34 (3.5 stars)

Hayley Young is the talent behind this golden, Gisborne-grown fizz which has had a couple of years to develop in the bottle. Subtle aromas of crushed cashews and rising dough surrender to soft citrus and caramelized characters which follow through on the palate. It’s a lightly-styled sparkles that has notes of baked apple on the […]

Te Hera Reserve Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $42 (5 stars)

Prepare for a spice overload in this certified organic example from the lovely John Douglas at Te Hera. I say ‘lovely’ because he is quite possibly the smiliest man in all the Wairarapa. What he’s able to produce from his tiny Te Muna Terraces site is year-after-year is reliably delicious, like he’s some sort of […]

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2016 $25.90

At least once a week I must have Thai food and when I do, I must have a crisp glass of gewürztraminer to soothe its passage. I thought the 2014 vintage was unstoppable then the 2016 came along and wow! This musky-spiced style from Chris and Judy Simmonds block on Dog Point Road is a […]

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $20 (4 stars)

Steady yourself for a tsunami of citrus, punchy passionfruit, luscious lemonade and a long, long, long (did I say long?) flavoursome finish. Crafted by the good folk at Pegasus Bay wines, this is a lovely example of the North Canterbury style. Yummo! www.pegasusbay.com

Osawa Wines Prestige Collection Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $50 (4.5 stars)

Osawa’s chardonnay vines send their roots down deep into the soils on a river terrace about 30 minutes west of Hastings, where the boulders along the rows are so big they’re called “Mangatahi Swedes” by the local farmers. With aromas of grilled grapefruit, struck match, flinty intensity and lemony notes – it’s hard to pull […]

Little Angel Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $20.00 (3 stars)

I love this pinot gris because its so subtle and gentle and crisp and showing lovely pear and baked apple and hints of toasty, creamy spices. Crafted by the good folk at boutique Bladen wines, it’s a really crowd-pleasing style. www.bladen.co.nz

Karikari Estate Northland Chardonnay 2014 $45 (5 stars)

Creamy, creamy and creamy! Prepare for a tidal wave of tropical gloriousness to break and crash across the nose and palate. Sweet fruit concentration, macadamia and cashew complexity to create a butterscotchy bodaciousness that’ll blindside you. Maturing beautifully, fresh and frolicsome, caramelised and concentrated. Absolutely gorgeous. www.karikariestate.co.nz

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