Man O’War Waiheke Cabernet Franc Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot 2014 $28 (4 stars)

Winemaker Duncan McTavish has stitched together a gorgeously bold blend of four Bordeaux varieties from their sun-baked vineyards overlooking Man O’War Bay. 18 months in oak has unleashed powerful aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice and spice that osmose into an invitingly soft palate packed with dark berries, bay leaf, chocolate and coffee and finishing with delicately […]

Graham Norton’s Own “Pink by DesiGN” New Zealand Rosé 2017 $18.99

Here’s a case of ‘norton hemisphere meets southern hemisphere’ where the eponymous Mr Norton has totally embraced the winemaking process AND agreed to pretty much every example of word play possible on the use of his initials. Crafted from pinot noir sourced from around the country, it’s been given just enough time on its skins […]

Soljans Estate Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2016 $19.90

You’ll be wanting to move the Monaro and the Commodore to get to the Cortina so you can take this little bottle from West Auckland out to the local BYO Thai. With classic musky notes on the nose, ginger, lychee and all that gewürztraminer good stuff, stylistically it’s grown on the East coast, schooled out […]

Hãhã Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016 $16

Berries?  Check.  Plum?  Check.  Truckloads of spices?  Check.  Ribsticking length of flavour?  That’s a check by heck.  Basically it’s a warming, cuddly, fabulously tongue-fuzzing, multi-tasking merlot that’ll please the crowds and win friends and influence people.  Your wallet will remain calm and zen too. Sip with: slivers of prosciutto www.pointwines.co.nz www.yvonnelorkin.com

Soho Zabeel Blue Blood Waiheke Island Reserve Blend 2014 $138 (5 stars)

Excruciatingly gorgeous to drink in that it’s torture knowing that your glass will eventually end.  I love the lift of vanilla, pepper, dark chocolate and intense boysenberry layers in this merlot syrah malbec blend by the talented team over at Soho.  Dense, dark berries, smoke, cured meats and solid, dusty oak creates supreme definition of […]

Mudbrick Reserve Syrah 2014 $60

Fresh peppercorn, cherry, violet, pomegranate and liquorice layers kind of ‘peacocks tail’ it out across the palate, leaving dried herb and dark berry flavours cloaked in furry tannins.  Unlike some Waiheke syrahs that tend to the chunky side, this is an elegant example – the cigarette pants of syrah if you were to get fashionista […]

Goldie Reserve Waiheke Viognier 2015 $42

If you’ve never tasted viognier before, or whether you’re a seasoned pro, here’s a wine that you’ve got to try.  The tricky thing about growing viognier is the acidity can drop and become soapy – but that’s where Waiheke Island has an edge.  Constantly fanned by the seabreezes, the grapes don’t get a chance to […]

Matavino Matakana Viognier 2015 $25 ★★★½

Matakana is like an El Dorado for rich, aromatic white wines – and this viognier is definitely in it’s happy place here.  Grown in Warkworth, the wine oozes sunshine and classic apricot kernel characters alongside hints of jasmine, ripe peach and a seam of sea salt.  I like the slippery, oily character of this wine […]

Soho Revolver Waiheke Island Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec 2014 $38 ★★★★

When a wine wins a ‘Pure Gold’ medal at the Air NZ Wine Awards, it means it’s consistently scored more than the minimum gold score of 55.5/60.  One sip and you’ll see why this wine’s done exactly that.  Saturated with dark plum and concentrated berryfruit, complex savoury spices and cigar box complexity on the palate, […]

Ti Point ‘Tess’ White Merlot 2015

Ti Point ‘Tess’ White Merlot 2015 $15-$20 ★★★★ If you keep a couple of bottles of this in the fridge over your average spring weekend, you’ll find there’ll be no shortage of people knocking on your door armed with cheese and crackers and wanting desperately to be your friend.  Crafted from merlot grown in Matakana […]

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