39° Below Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

39° Below Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $25  For starters how pretty does this look in the glass?  A touch of skin contact has given it the softest, sexiest blush of pink and I love how it rocks classic quince and nashi niceness on the nose, followed by ripe stonefruit, punchy acidity and tongue-tingling textures […]

39°Below Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018

39°Below Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $17.95  So fresh, frisky, vibrant and packed solid with lemongrass, basil, sweet lemon verbena notes, this wine also boasts buckets of passionfruit and nectarine on the nose and palate.  It’s a ripe and rumpty sauvignon blanc that’s so friendly and feisty, it’ll please even the fussiest sauvignon snob.  Paul McEvoy […]

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2017

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2017 $24  Bold, juicy and ready for action, this velvety-smooth red has cocoa, dark cherry, plum and peppery warmth on the palate.  It’s fleshy, beautifully textured and fabulous with moussaka. www.millsreef.co.nz  

Vidal Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Vidal Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $19 This is an in-your-face pinot gris if ever I’ve sipped one.  There’s a lot happening in the glass and that could be because this vintage has splashes of gewürztraminer and albariño added for extra aromatic and textural complexity.  Heaving with baked pear and spiced apple alongside exotic floral notes and […]

Collaboration Wines Impression Rosé 2018

Collaboration Wines Impression Rosé 2018 $25  Crafted from 100% cabernet franc grapes from winemaker Julz Brogden’s favourite sites around Hawke’s Bay, this rosé is a total standout. I love that it’s dry, snappy and sophisticated and shows amazing length of flavour. So elegant and stylish, yet it also boasts superb body, bodaciousness and texture.  Yummo!

Ash Ridge Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ash Ridge Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $21 Lemon, lime notes on the nose and palate, they’re edged with seashell minerality and expect some marzipan and toasty notes from the 85% barrel fermentation as well. It could do with more generosity and freshness in the mid palate however. www.ashridgewines.co.nz  

Collaboration Wines Impression White (chardonnay) 2017 $27

Collaboration Wines Impression White (chardonnay) 2017 $27 Crafted by Julianne Brogden from 100% Mendoza-clone fruit sourced near Havelock North, this is one chardonnay that has elegance written all over it.  The oak maturation regime meant subtle handling in older French oak for just 8 months, allowing the delicate white stonefruit to be the hero.  Laced […]

Alpha Domus The Skybolt Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $26.00

This is the second vintage of Skybolt, a chardonnay that’s like a fruity mcfruitface upfront on the palate, yet a tweak of French oak I love how the classic grapefruit and roast peach flavours are edged with hints of coconut and spice and then followed by a long, creamy finish. Winemaker Barry Riwai is a […]

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $14.99

There’s a really spicy, almost ginger-like kick to this chardonnay, which clearly has the ‘cheap and cheerful, crowd-pleaser’ flag flying from its screwcap. If you’re looking for bags of toasty oak and creamy, buttery bodaciousness then you won’t find it here, this wine is all about the tangy tropical fruit and popcorn pluckiness on the […]

Tony Bish Golden Egg Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $40

Immediate creamy nougat notes waft up the nostrils, followed by cashew butter, roast peach and plucky, pineapple and citrus layers that all osmose onto the palate. Fresh, frisky yet smooth and silky to sip, it proves without shadow of doubt that Bish is basically the Gandalf of good stuff, the Tsar of taste, the Obi […]

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