House of Ball Waipara Pinot Noir 2014

House of Ball Waipara Pinot Noir 2014 $41  Crafted by the husband and wife team of Julian and Lynda Ball, just 200 bottles were made of this bright, spicy, classic North Canterbury pinot noir.  Most of it is soaked up by their lucky B&B Guests, but if you contact them quick you could be in […]

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017 $32  House of Ball is a vineyard and luxury B&B property owned by Julian and Lynda Ball on Mackenzies Road in North Canterbury.  Lynda is the instigator of rosé because she was a fan of the style and wanted one of her own.  Julian, good man, obliged and […]

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018 If the words ‘crazy whites’ conjures up Trumpy connotations, quickly rejig the phrase to ‘crazy good whites’ and you’ll calmly enter the world of this weeks’ wines… Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Viognier 2015 $48  I first sipped this wine while listening to the album Raising Sand, by Robert […]

French Peak Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017

French Peak Canterbury Pinot Gris 2017 $30 Golden in the glass and powdery complexity and quincey characters, fresh apple and intensely dry.  Edged with white pepper and minerally, licking wet stones texture to it.  Bracing and bouncy, but seriously dry – so it’ll appeal to those who like wines that rip across the gums and […]

Ostler Caroline’s Waitaki Pinot Noir 2016 $50 (5 stars)

Located on the cusp of South Canterbury and North Otago, Waitaki is an extreme place, like the last frontier for winegrowing, because it’s such a harsh environment. Jim Jerram however, is like the Gandalf of grape growing down there, and occasionally, when the weather gods shine on him, he’s able to eke out enough precious […]

Silver Wing Nada Preservative Free Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 $27.99

Silver Wing Nada Preservative Free Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 $27.99  Produced without SO2 in the most natural way possible by winemaker Andrew Fox.  Wild fermented and unfiltered (hence the strawberry juice haze in the glass), this rosé has a snappy, spritzig texture and super-fresh acidity and length.  Organically produced and one of the freshest, friskiest, fruitiest […]

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $14.99 (2.5 stars) There’s a brisk burst of beeswax and manuka honey on the nose and palate indicating some botrytis infection in the wine, but that adds complexity to the wine.  Dry and spicy, it boasts the ususal suspects of pear and quince, but fails to deliver generosity in the […]

Pegasus Bay Encore Noble Riesling 2016 $40 (5 stars)

This succulent, incredibly sexy sip firmly sits top of the tree on the Classic Wines of New Zealand list insofar as sweet wines are concerned. Crafted only in years when the conditions are perfect for botrytis to take hold of the grapes and turn them into tiny lumps of magical nectar, this is an absolute […]

Mount Brown Barrique Ferment Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $19 (3.5 stars)

Here’s a sauvignon blanc for chardonnay fans. Roasty, toasty and tropically taut and crisp, it’s bursting with smoked passionfruit punchiness and a lick of lemongrass on the finish. A very drinkable, in fact dangerously drinkable example. www.mountbrown.co.nz

Mount Brown Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $16 (3.5 stars)

There’s something about the North Canterbury soils and the drying, Nor’west winds that create incredibly floral, super-concentrated sauvignon blanc. Lime, lemongrass, elderflower and bruised basil combine with passionfruit and tropical tones, cut grass and sweet pea combine with crunchy acidity to make a zesty, sexy sip indeed. www.mountbrown.co.nz  

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