Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Saint Clair Premium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011 $26  Incredibly rich, bright, vibrantly fruited with wild strawberry, cherry and exotic spices.  It’s a sensational pinot for the price and boasts lovely complexity and luscious length of flavour.  www.saintclair.co.nz

Pukeora Estate Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2010

Pukeora Estate Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2010  $15  Clean and minerally, with classic pear and quince characters on the nose and palate.  I really like the texture and length in this gris, it’s juicy and buoyant in the mouth, and represents what I think is great value for money. www.pukeora.com

Tukipo River Estate Fat Duck Pinot Noir 2009

Tukipo River Estate Fat Duck Pinot Noir 2009 $48  In a word, jaw-dropping.  Roland Norman has created a wine exotically perfumed with cherrywood smoke, hedgerow fruits, lush, forest leaf litter and japonica.  I love the wild strawberry and rhubarb flavours and its silky, slippery mouthfeel.  It’s an absolutely sensational example and one I desperately wish […]

Lime Rock Gruner Veltliner 2011

Lime Rock Grüner Veltliner 2011 375ml $22  The debut example from the best little winery southside of the Te Hauke swamp, and it has interesting white pepper, apple and sake-like aromas followed by green apple, fruitwax and subtle, salty notes on the finish.  A really interesting wine that is also rare as hens teeth, so […]

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2008

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2008 $29  Attractive garnet-red colour and simply oozes fresh raspberry, cherry and hedgerow-fruit essences.  In the mouth it has purity of fruit combined with wild game notes and sexy, earthy spices.  If that doesn’t grab you, the long, silky, slippery finish definitely will.  Just lovely.  www.limerock.co.nz 

Tukipo River Estate ‘Fat Snapper’ Chardonnay 2010

Tukipo River Estate Fat Snapper Chardonnay 2010 $20 A collective ‘Oh wow!’ rose from the table as soon as my guests started sipping this new Central Hawke’s Bay chardonnay. With incredibly concentrated guava, peach, grapefruit and pineapple aromas combined with elegant acidity, power, freshness and vitality on the finish it’s sensational stuff for the price. […]

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