Fox by John Belsham Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $26

This is a classic ‘berries and cream’ pinot noir, packed with pomegranate, red cherry and raspberry on the nose and palate.  However there’s also this really curious aroma of roasting pan juices and savoury, spicy notes in the background, all followed by a wave of super-fruitiness again on the finish.  It’s a lithe, luscious pinot […]

Jules Taylor Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2016 $21.90

With its seductive aromas of ambrosia apple, winter cole pear, caramelized quince, custard apple and peaches, this gorgeous little groo-vee is tangy, crisp and packs a squeak of sunshine into these chilly afternoons.  Edged with a dusting of white pepper and crushed seashells, it’s an excellent local example of an Austrian native. Sip with: sweetbreads […]

Sugar Loaf Marlborough Riesling 2016 $20

This such a lovely riesling I just had to tell you about it pronto! Crafted by genius young winemaker Kate Acland, this deliciously juicy riesling has a splash of natural sweetness, luscious lime and crunchy granny smith apple characters. This is modern Marlborough riesling at it’s best. Beautifully structured and ultra zesty, it’s one of […]

Te Pa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015 $19 (4.5 star)

Golden, glossy and gorgeous in the glass and a trophy winner weighing in at under $20 – how great is that?  Sweetly perfumed with roast pear and apple strudel notes, spice and lifted, peachy flavours.  It’s tangy and fruity to drink yet it finishes zesty and dry.  There’s a lovely zingy texture on that coats […]

Huia Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $23

Expect a cheek-slappingly good explosion of passionfruit, lime zest, red capsicum, gooseberry and all manner of herbaceous heroism in this fully-certified, organic sauvignon blanc. Grown on the Allan family’s Boyces Road vineyard, it’s got power, drive and pluckiness on the palate and finishes with freshness, power and precision.  What to pair with this wine? Sip […]

Pa Road Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $16.99 (3.5 stars)

Here’s a great little introduction into Marlborough pinot noir, crafted by the McDonald family and the talented team at Te Pa Wines.  It’s spicy, juicy, loaded with cherry and savoury, hedgerow fruits and has an earthy, slightly suede-like finish.  Sip with classic, rosemary and garlic-studded roast lamb. www.thegoodwine.co.nz

Fairhall Downs Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 $35 (5 stars)

New favourite alert!  This pinot noir is absolutely heaving with ultra-juicy cherry boysenberry, raspberry and masses of spice.  It’s generous, plush and silky-smooth to drink. Plus it’s got pluck and personality and that’s exactly why your glass will be almost impossible to put down. www.fairhalldowns.co.nz

SOHO Havana Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $38 (5 stars)

This wine won the trophy for Best New Zealand Pinot Noir at the International Wine Challenge in London last week.  How appropriate that a pinot named after one of the sexiest capital cities in the world, also has a distinct lift of tobacco leaf and cigar box on the nose and palate.  Combine this wine […]

Seresin Son and Moon Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 $125

Organic, biodynamic and vegan-friendly, this gorgeous pinot noir smells like baking spices and sweet, dark cocoa dusted over caramelized plums served in a bowl carved from oak.  Seresin’s flagship pinot, the ‘purest expression’ they can make, is intense in the mouth, with high acidity and muscular, supple tannins. The length of flavour is persistent, brooding […]

Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2016 $18.90 (4.5 stars)

If you’re looking for a bouncy, vivacious riesling that zings with flavour, you’ve come to the right spot because this new release from Hunter’s is so incredibly clean, fresh and limey.  With its snappy citrus and crushed shell notes, crunchy green apple and hints of honeysuckle, it’ll make any recipe featuring ginger, chilli, garlic and […]

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