Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $25  Back in 1998 Paul Jacobson was an engineer and his wife Angela managed multiple local kindergartens, plus they were raising three young, Central Otago sons and life was hectic.  So that’s why they also become grape growers and winemakers – clearly suckers for punishment!  Today their […]

Pick & Shovel Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

Pick & Shovel Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018 $19.99 Created by the good folk at Dry Gully Vineyard in the summer heat-trap of Alexandra, this pinot gris will appeal to anyone walking on the dry side of the street.  Sure you have hints of the usual suspects of pear and quince, yet there’s also a […]

Dry Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Dry Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $29 Pinot Noir grown in Alexandra has its own personality and pluck.  Dry Gully are totally dependable to produce solid, cheek-slappingly glorious pinot noir year after year.  Intense cherry, tamarillo, tea leaf and rosehip tea all crash across the palate and leave a comet-tail of spice on the […]

Eight Ranges Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $38

Brian Biggs has enlisted the legendary Matt Connell to craft this softly spiced, cherry cola scented sip.  Clean, precise, showing classic red fruits, a hint of cocoa, leafy notes and lovely, silky layers on the finish.

Judge Rock Central Otago St. Laurent 2014 $35 (4.5 stars)

St Laurent is an ancient grape very closely associated with pinot noir, one sip and you’ll see why. Judge Rock are absolute rock stars in that they’ve taken the signature red grape of Austria and given it a happy home on the sun-scorched slopes of Alexandra. Exotically scented with black tea, red fruits, dried herbs, […]

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 […]

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  

Weaver Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

Weaver Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 $36  I am loving this debut pinot from this shiny-new, Alexandra-based family estate.  It is intensely perfumed with cherry, boysenberry, violet, black tea and sandalwood.  Silky and slippery in the mouth, it has delicious, spicy warmth, superb depth and delicious length of flavour.  While there’s a good few […]

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