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 […]

Judge Rock Central Otago Riesling 2016 $24

A lovely, honey-biscuit aroma leads to soft apple and citrus concentration in this Alexandra-grown goblet of goodness.  A burst of natural sweetness is balanced out by crushed shell minerality, tangy acidity and spicy complexity on the finish.  Textural and taut. Sip with: garlic smoked mussels. www.judgerock.co.nz  

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $25 (4 stars)

Most people don’t realise that some of New Zealands best sauvignon blanc can be found the further south you go.  Dr Stephanie Lambert and her team at Amisfield, near Lake Hayes have created a classic example oozing green bean, green capsicum, green herbs, sweet pea and serious amounts of citrus.  Full, fat and firing on […]

Mount Edward ‘Ted’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $34 (4.5 stars)

Nursed from the vineyard into the bottle by the talented twosome of Duncan Forsyth and Anna Riederer, this pinot noir is beautifully rich and bursting with hedgerow fruits, 5-spice, sandalwood and cocoa and tree bark.  Complex and mouthfilling, it’s like a leather-laden overload of earthiness and wild cherries. www.mountedward.co.nz

Ceres Black Rabbit Riesling 2017 $27.99

Holy apple sorbet Batman! This is one heck of a magnificent riesling from a stunning Central Otago site. True to its namesake, boy does this riesling have bounce! Crunchy green apple, ripe, juicy lime and truckloads of tangy tropical tastiness all jostle for attention. Yes there’s a smash of natural sweetness present, but it’s balanced […]

Rockburn Stolen Kiss Rosé 2017 $29 (4.5 stars)

If alien beings arrived from outer space, held weapons to your head and demanded know in 5 seconds flat what New Zealand’s most famous rosé was, you’d best yell out “Stolen Kiss” or you’re custard.  It’s a sweetly fruity pink treat with a creaming soda, candy floss, raspberry, nectarine and toffee apple tone to it.  […]

Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $24

Crafted from fruit sourced from Rockburn’s ‘Parkburn’ and ‘Gibbston Valley Back Road’ vineyards, I love the subtle splash of white pepper, nashi pear, fennel and white peach on both the nose and palate of this wine. Dry, clean and boasting underlying creamy, chalky textures and real fruit fullness, this beautifully balanced gris is long and […]

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