Peregrine Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle NV $50

Frustratingly small amounts are made of this blissfully good blend of 58% pinot noir and 42% chardonnay, but it’s one that any lover of fine fizz should seek out immediately. Crafted by Nadine Cross, it boasts soft, lemon shortbread and rising dough aromas, finely tuned acidity and a rich, creamy, textural finish. Sip with: a […]

Amisfield RKV Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $120

When winemaker Dr Stephanie Lambert decides to take a batch of fruit from Amisfield’s lean, bony, loessial Rocky Knoll Vineyard to create a wine she feels is exceptional, then you should take notice. The RKV was created in 2007 and now it’s a Central Otago icon. Wild strawberry, cherry, dried thyme and tea-like aromas lead […]

Lake Hayes Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $24 (4.5 stars)

This is a definite new favourite for me because I love the pure pear, apple and cleansing, quince-like characters in this wine. Produced by the talented team at Amisfield, it’s a bracingly fresh, fruit-focused gris that pops with personality and brightness. There’s a twang of natural sweetness upfront, yet it finishes refreshingly dry and zesty. […]

Rockburn Tigermoth Central Otago Riesling 2015 $33

This wine tastes like it was hurtling to earth inside a meteorite because of the way it explodes into a million parts on your palate.  Crammed with crunchy-sweet, granny smith apple, Tahitian lime and buckets of quartzy minerality in every sip, this vegan-friendly riesling absolutely soars across your tastebuds.  Mandarin and yuzu-soaked yumminess.  More please! […]

Three Miners Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $38 (4 stars)

The tiny sub-region of Earnscleugh (between Alexandra and Clyde, on the Clutha River) is where Three Miners is located and where their magic is manifested.  I love this pinot noir because it’s so bright and spicy.  Soaked through with smoked strawberries, rhubarb, zesty, black tea and cherry flavours, it’s plush, perky and a fabulous example […]

Brennan Central Otago Trio 2016 ($29) (4 stars)

The Brennan family have been growing grapes in Gibbston since 1994, and I’m a huge fan of their blended whites, particularly when they contain a gorgeous 57% gewürztraminer, 35% racy riesling, and an 8% splash of muscat like this one. You get foxy florals, mandarin, lychee, rose petal, and lashings of lovely citrus in the […]

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 […]

Hawkdun Rise HR Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $40 (4 star)

John Grant and Suzanne Bali-Grant run the Hawkdun Rise property on Letts Gully Road in Alexandra. Their HR pinot noir is floral and feisty on the nose, all raspberry tea and cherry. It’s a lighter style which shows soft waves of cherry and pomegranate that sneak up and grip you around the gums. Textural and […]

Valli Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $30 (5 star)

Created by the master pinot craftsman Grant Taylor, comes my new favourite pinot gris. Lovely nashi pear, peach and the softest of ginger flavours makes this Gibbston-grown gris kick start a happy dance in the mouth.  With a rich, creamy, textural mouthfeel and huge palate appeal, you’d best be quick to get your mits on […]

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