Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $42  Mel and Gus Lawson knew their terraced hillside vineyard would produce some of the most sensational syrah in the region, I’d say they could feel it in their waters, but truth be told, water is not something they see much of and the vines border on dehydration and […]

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Private Blend Hawke’s Bay Rosé

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Private Blend Hawke’s Bay Rosé $35 This is the flagship rosé from the Plowman family and their Waiana Estate winemaking team.  A step beyond their Indian Summer and Summer Sault rosés, this classically dry, Provençale style is crafted from a blend of Tukituki Valley-grown merlot and cinsault which has been left, post-ferment […]

Waiana Estate Summer Sault Hawke’s Bay Rosé

Waiana Estate Summer Sault Hawke’s Bay Rosé $26.99  Named in homage to Cinsault, the principal grape used in a style that absolutely screams “South of France”, this rosé carries a serious caboose of character around with it.  Weightier and showing more generosity than its little sister, the Indian Summer,  this Tukituki Valley-grown groover heaves with […]

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018 $21.99

Dry, dry, deliciously dry! Yet don’t be expecting anything subtle with this new release, because it has a nose erupting with vanilla, creaming soda, citrus and wild strawberries and all these things crash through onto the palate and leave you with a palate-exfoliatingly fresh mouthfeel and the unshakeable desire to keep on sipping. Produced by […]

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $29 I’m tasting this wine right as white flesh nectarines begin appearing in heaping quanitites on roadside fruit stalls around where I live, (Hastings, in case you were wondering) and this wine reminds me so much of their scent and the juicy intensity of biting into one.  […]

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $30 The name Saorsa is a Scottish Gaelic word that not only means but also represents a radical sense of freedom, liberty and salvation according to owner Alex Hendry.  Crafting just viognier and syrah, his 2016 vintage of syrah is very soft, very earthy, very smooth and lightly structured.  Savoury layers and hints of dried […]

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $65  Riflemans should be, in my opinion, given national treasure status for its services to chardonnay appreciation in this country.  Created in years when the fruit from this heritage-status vineyard in the upper reaches of the Dartmoor Valley, is deemed nothing less than exceptional, this wine is an exercise […]

Linden Estate Reserve Dam Block 2016

Linden Estate Reserve Dam Block 2016 $48  Trevor Shepherd has finally released his series of Reserve ‘Dam Block’ blends, and this is my favourite so far. Featuring 72.5% merlot, 17.5% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc, this savoury black-olive-and-spice fest shouts ‘Make way for the King!’ to a parade of berries and plums on the […]

Little X Hawkes’ Bay Syrah 2014

Little X Hawkes’ Bay Syrah 2014 $14.99-$20  Pepper and berries and cherries and all things merries.  This is a cracker of a syrah with a ripe core of black fruits, violets, buckets of spice and a hint of cocoa.  Made by Tim Adams from a small parcel of fruit from a vineyard located in the sun-trap […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Pét-Nat Chardonnay 2018

PETANE STATION HAWKE’S BAY PÉTILLANT NATUREL 2018 $38 “Pet Nat” is the thing.  Everyone’s doing it – but not everyone is doing it well. Petane Station have crafted their debut example from chardonnay and while it’s got citrus hallmarks of classic chard, grapefruit, lemon et al, there’s a soft funkiness and spritzig.  In fact beware the […]

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