Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2018

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2018 $30 Golden and glossy in the glass and one swirl will reveal exotic aromas of ginger, rose water, white pepper, guava and a hunt of musk. To drink, it has a splash of natural sweetness, yet it’s crisp and juicy, not blowsy and broad – like a lot of […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $30 If you’re not familiar with the eye-rollingly lovely ‘petrichor’ perfume, then stick your nose deep into a glass of this shiny new syrah from one of Hawke’s Bay’s brightest producers and relish that rain-on-hot-asphalt aroma. Boosted with black currant, bay leaf, violets and a smorgasbord of savory layers […]

Petane Station Tracks Block Viognier 2018

Petane Station Tracks Block Viognier 2018 $30 Viognier (pronounced Vee Yon Yay) is one of my favourite things. Like clean, sunshine-dried sheets and emails from work saying “you’ve been paid”. It’s a scary, lots-can-go-wrong grape, yet Philip Barber appears to have some sort of shamanistic supremacy over this site, because the resulting wine is crunchy-fresh […]

Petane Station Puriri Block Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

Petane Station Puriri Block Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 You know how when you watch a ballerina perform the five foot positions, it’s hypnotic, captivating.  Every time, the dancer delivers elegance, elongation, delicacy, and interest. That’s what this chardonnay brings to your brain and senses. Perfumed with white nectarine, cashew butter and toasted crumpets, then delivering […]

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $27 This tiny estate located out Eskdale-way, manages to turn out pinot gris that’s consistently mammoth in the personality-stakes. With its new vintage offering a creamy, apple pie and cashew character on the nose, followed by a poached quince and roast pear punch on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Petane Station Esk Valley Chardonnay 2017 $30

Sourced from a single vineyard known as the Puriri block, the chardonnay was handpicked, whole bunch pressed then it was entirely barrel fermented in 30% new French oak. The barrels were stirred every fortnight for 8 months to impart extra creamy, nutty complexity and yet the wine is lean, clean and elegant. Beautifully balanced, lithesome […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $36

There’s some serious floral intensity going on in this succulent syrah, it’s like florals pashing peppercorns boysenberries, cherries and liquorice. Philip Barber is the winemaking talent behind this inky-purple, Esk Valley-based brand and he’s a fan of elegance and soft, peppery persistence of flavour in his syrah – and so am I. Sip with: sizzling […]

Petane Station Esk Valley Chardonnay 2016 $30 (5 stars)

Philip Barber is a serious winemaking talent to watch if you’re a chardonnay fan.  With the ability to source fruit grown in the seashell-strewn soils of Esk Valley, thrust upwards after the 1931 Napier earthquake, his wines show incredibly complex minerality, texture and even a hint of delicious salinity.  I love the aromas of grilled […]

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