Lamont Central Otago Chardonnay 2017

Lamont Central Otago Chardonnay 2017 $32  Winemaker Craig Gasson sourced superlatively good fruit from Sue and Andrew Penniket’s organic and dry-farmed Minaret Peaks vineyard down in Wanaka for this new release chardonnay.  Handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in a concrete egg fermenter, it erupts with sweet cashew, stonefruit and citrus on the nose and […]

Black Peak Wanaka Riesling 2015 $26.00

I’m only a recent convert to Black Peak, having kicked myself constantly over recent weeks for not having known about James McElrea’s talents til now. After years of working across various Central Otago sub-regions he’s gone out on his own, nurturing a schist, gravel and mineral-quartz rich site, in little known Queensbury district above the […]

Aitkens Folly Riverbank Road Rosé Wanaka 2016

How pretty is this wine? Pink gold and gorgeous in the glass, it’s perfumed with yellow plum and yellow rose aromas which lead to an incredibly rich, mouthwateringly fruity strawberry and raspberry concentration in the mouth. The Aitken’s Folly family have been on my radar for a while, and I’m thrilled to be able to […]

Maude Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $26.99

Central Otago has serious talent when it comes to hitting the stage with class-act pinot gris. Brand new and framed with an elegant line of nashi and quince, this new release is delicately fruity, with a lovely chalky texture and cleansing finish. Sourced from vineyards growing at the foot of Mount Maude in Wanaka and […]

Rippon Tinkers Field Pinot Noir 2009

Rippon ‘Tinkers Field’ Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2009 $95  Yes, you are right, it is that price.  But I guarantee if you try this you’ll quickly realize that the last thing you spent ninety dollars on didn’t give you half the satisfaction as just one sip of the Tinkers Field.  Biodynamically produced from one of […]

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