Mt Rosa Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Mt Rosa Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $75  This is a sexy melange of wild cherry, rhubarb, rosehip tea and allspice.  Soft, sultry and ever-so-smoky, it’s a style that’s deeply concentrated, gamy and incredibly succulent.  Mouthwatering even.  It’s a delicious style that has incredible length of flavour and an elegant presence.  Love it!  Pricey, […]

Mt Rosa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Mt Rosa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $35 Incredibly aromatic, this Gibbston-grown pinot erupts with dusty cherry and berry and cocoa characters, plus theres a whiff of rosehip tea and sackloads of spice.  Mouthfeel-wise, where do I start?  Red fruits, currant and cranberry with hints of strawberry and rhubarb and a hint of black tea […]

The Writer’s Block Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

The Writer’s Block Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018 $29 (4stars) Crafted by Urbn Vino’s Brendan Seal, this gris has a full and frisky fragrance of baked apple, poached quince and hints of honeysuckle and stonefruit – all characters that wash across the palate, leaving an impression of richness on the finish (which also happens […]

Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Rosé 2018

Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Rosé 2018 $22.95  Crafted from 100% pinot noir, this snappy little rosé resembles the styles of Southern France, skating down the dry and spicy-fresh side of the fence and leaving a comet tail of soft melon, cranberry and pink peppercorn characters on the palate.  Clean, crunchy and built for serving super-chilled […]

Peregrine Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Peregrine Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $27 Brand new from the quite frankly, unfairly talented team at Peregrine, comes this elegantly structured yet rock solid sauvignon blanc that’s stacked with citrus, capsicum, fennel and white pepper on the nose.  Prepare your palate for passionfruit, lemon and lime leaf notes. and a super-fresh and frisky finish.  Great […]

van Asch Pyro Central Otago Syrah 2009 $40 (3.5 stars)

Nine years on from harvest and this wine is a freak of nature for two reasons. The first being that it’s syrah grown in one of the southernmost winegrowing regions in the world (highly unusual) and when a fire ripped through the winery not long after vintage, just a couple of barrels of syrah were […]

Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 $42.50

Sometimes people describe pinot noir as being ‘feminine’ and I think the Peregrine could absolutely be that. Feminine insomuch as she’s tall, tanned, has long, sand-dusted hair, listens to Iron Butterfly and refuses to wear a bra-type of woman. A fabulously feral female is what this wine is. Exotic aromatics of spice, pot pourri, pomegranate […]

Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $24.95

Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $24.95  I love the aromas of freshly steamed broad beans, sweet peas, passionfruit curd and lemon in this wine.  They’re followed by the same and more on the palate, including herbaceous, lemongrassy goodness from their Gibbston site on the finish.  Winemaker Lynn Horton has captured all the good […]

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 […]

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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