Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Riesling 2016 $19.66

The soft, spicy apple and lime aromas of this beautifully bone-dry riesling really appeal.  Immediately zesty and gum-tingling on the palate, boatloads of mandarin, lemon, and grapefruity goodness abound on the finish. Sip with: parsley and panko crusted fish fillets.  

Starborough Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $18.99

Incredibly juicy and tropical, this is a passionfruit and lime fest if ever I tasted one. But the other thing I love about this wine is that it’s SO textural. Produced from two Awatere Valley vineyards (Starborough + Long Lane) and a Wairau site (O’Dwyers Farm) the result of the blend is a super-concentrated, lemongrass […]

Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2013 375ml ($35) (4 stars)

Chenin blanc is a rare thing here in New Zealand in its normal form, so to come across a dessert version sent me straight to my happy place. Baked apples filled with buttery, boozy sultanas, spice and mixed peel all wash across the palate alongside a lick of manuka honey and sweet lime. Delish.

Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

This tiny, tinsel-tastic little vineyard in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley is one of the regions’ best kept secrets.  Marguerite and her husband, winemaker Jean Charles van Hove, have quietly been crafting exceptional sauvignon blanc on their tiny 8ha vineyard since arriving from France in 1996. You’ll be forgiven for not having heard of them, they fly […]

Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $27 ★★★★½ For me, sauvignon blanc’s like this absolutely scream their sense of place.  From a mile away you can tell it’s from the Awatere Valley because of the gorgeous elderflower, lemon blossom, peach and lime perfume typical of the region that just romp from the glass.  Delicate herbaceousnesss, […]

Incognito Prestige Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Incognito Prestige Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $15  This is a definite new favourite for me – aromas of freshly chopped herbs, fennel, lime and pineapple lead to a juicy, flavoursome palate that’s tangy but not tart and has layers of concentrated citrus all the way through to the finish.  An absolute steal and it’s available […]

Yealands Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose 2011

Yealands Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2011 $19  Soft strawberry and redcurrant aromas open the door to a crisp, rhubarb-like tang on the tongue and a long, slightly herbaceous finish.  Available from Yealands Pinot Noir Rose 2011

Tupari Awatere Dry Riesling 2010

Tupari Awatere Dry Riesling 2010 $26  Delicious aromas of dandelion, talc, waxy appleskin, chalk and clean limey notes.  Already a Pure Gold Medal winner at the 2010 Air NZ Wine Awards, this Marlborough example is a crisp, linear wine with good character and enduring length of flavour.  Buy from

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