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 […]

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 […]

Gibbston Valley Glenlee Pinot Noir 2014

Gibbston Valley Glenlee Pinot Noir 2014 $65 ★★★★¼ Sexy sweet fruit smashes its way out of the glass here.  Pretty plum, berry and black cherry flavours merge with soft spices in a rich, generously juicy palate-punch.  Very upfront and confident in its youth, it’ll reward another year or four.

Gibbston Valley Le Maitre Pinot Noir 2014

Gibbston Valley Le Maitre Pinot Noir 2014 $85 ★★★★★ This is such a young wine it almost seems like a crime to open it, but I’m a curious puppy and couldn’t help myself.  Glossy magenta in the glass and oozing juicy cherry and plum characters, it’s the dusting of dried herb, tea leaf and truffle […]

Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 $40  I was so mesmerised by the sexy red currant, cranberry, tamarillo, sweet rhubarb and spicy, cocoa-edged aromas that I had to remind myself to stop sniffing and actually take a sip.  Thank the lord I did because this is superb stuff.  Silky, fleshy and sewn together with elegantly […]

Gibbston Valley Wines Pinot Noir 2009

Gibbston Valley Wines Pinot Noir 2009 $42  Densely coloured and powerfully scented with dried herbs, forest-floor notes, black tea and bitter cherry.  In the mouth the tannins are fresh, spicy and showing some richness and grip on the long, lingering finish.  It’s an incredibly floral, lush pinot which has a good backbone for cellaring yet […]

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