Te Kano Estate Central Otago Chardonnay 2017 $35 (5 stars)

Aroma-wise this wine absolutely rocks the house with grilled grapefruit, biscuity characters and beautiful creme caramel characters.  Chock full of ripe stonefruit, yet it’s restrained, creamy and supremely elegant to drink.  It’s an incredibly stylish wine, softly spiced and boasting cashew and brulee layers on the finish.  Just gorgeous!

Terra Sancta Mysterious Diggings White Central Otago Blended White 2014 $24.95

A truly mesmeric blend of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Muscat crafted by Jody Pagey and Len Ibbotson – from grapes grown on a rather special patch of dirt down the end of Felton Road in Bannockburn. I’m a huge fan of blended, aromatic whites because they’re so exotic and complex. This example is spicy-dry, […]

36 Bottles Central Otago Riesling 2013 $25.00

If you’ve been looking for lime in all the wrong places fret not, here’s your remedy. Grown in the desert-scape of Central Otago’s Bannockburn sub-region, this is a classic dry riesling bursting with green apple, lemon, lime, waves of squeaky acidity and a marathon-like finish that just keeps sprinting along the palate. Named after the […]

Akarua Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016 $43

Crafted from fruit sourced from their Felton Road and Cairnmuir vineyards, after all the medals this wine has hauled in, it deserves to be given ‘national treasure’ status surely. Clove, mace, baked cherry, anise and buckets of bouncy, plush acidity and cuddly, furry tannins make this a ‘must try before you die’ wine. It’s darn […]

Terra Sancta Lola’s Block Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016

Terra Sancta Lola’s Block Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $27.45 ★★★★½ Jody Pagey and Len Ibbotson are the winemaking and viticulture guru’s responsible for this luscious and tangy, southern star pinot gris. It’s a wine that seduced me from the get-go with its punchy nashi freshness and apple strudel spices. Rich and luscious and bursting […]

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Gruner Veltliner

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Central Otago Grüner Veltliner 2015 $25 Catherine and Crawford Brown have transformed a rabbit-ruined paddock into an award-winning vineyard that’s an oeno-nirvana of pinot noir, riesling and now Grüner Veltliner (Grooner-velt-leener). Bracing layers of acidity slice apart the white nectarine, lime and seashell notes of this wine. The signature white of Austria […]

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015 $25 ★★★★½ Lovers of sweeter pinot gris are sure to go doolally over this honeysuckle-soaked style.  Think nectarine, nashi pear, mandarin and the pungent tang of quince, make this Bannockburn-grown gris downright gorgeous.  Superb with your next chicken tikka marsala.  www.domainroad.co.nz

Ceres Composition Central Otago Pinot Gris 2014

Ceres Composition Central Otago Pinot Gris 2014 $29 ★★★★ Ceres (seh-rez) is a Bannockburn-based company run by Central Otago royalty, the Dicey family.  They know that pinot gris comes in a vast array of styles, so they’ve helped pinpoint the flavour of this by including a helpful ‘fuel gauge’ on the label telling us that […]

Rockburn ‘The Art’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Rockburn ‘The Art’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 $80 ★★★★★ Deep and brooding in the glass, it oozes sweet black tea, black cherry and spice while in the mouth it reveals a peacocks-tail of flavours redolent of dried herbs, succulent plum and cocoa characters. It’s a masculine yet elegant wine with real finesse, tension and a […]

Tatty Bogler Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011

Tatty Bogler by Forrest Estate Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 $25  Wow!  Prepare for a burst of juicy white peach, nashi pear and coconut ice confection on the nose and an absolutely gorgeous splash of sweetness, clean, refreshing acidity and rich, mouthcoating magic on the palate.  This is a superb example of the heights pinot […]

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