Saint Clair Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Chardonnay 2015 $30 (4.5 stars)

Sourced from a vineyard located at the entrance to the limestone Sawcut Gorge in the south-of-Marlborough Ure Valley, this smart chardonnay from the team at Saint Clair is an absolute cracker. I don’t know how they could have crammed any more flavour into this bottle if they tried. Citrus-stacked, it hurls zesty minerality at you […]

Ara Resolute Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $22.99 (5 stars)

Oh wow! This is the kind of sauvignon blanc that gives me goosebumps. Absolutely heaving with herbaceous, lemongrassy lusciousness, passionfruit and sweaty, grassy goodness. Ripe, rich and rocking the lemonade and lime notes in every sip. Sourced from fruit grown in the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai Rivers in Marlborough, it’s lifted and lovely […]

Nautilus Southern Valleys Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $39 (4 stars)

Blended from a selection of Nautilus Wairau Valley vineyard sites, this is delicately scented, and elegantly poised on the palate. It is seriously smooth and supple, with red fruits like pomegranate, raspberry, red cherry and redcurrant just peaking their pretty faces above the core of savoury, earthy flavours. Soft, plush and perfect with duck liver […]

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $35

If someone held a gun to your head and demanded you name one of New Zealand’s most highly awarded sauvignon blanc’s or it’s curtains – then best you whip out Wairau Reserve. The current release is a cracker. Lemongrass, passionfruit, zesty citrus, sugarsnap pea, white pepper and capsicum characters lead to a luscious, lime-induced glass […]

Te Pa Wines Oke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $24 (4.5 stars)

Forget the words ‘sauvignon blanc’, because it’s way more like a ‘crazy, complex, smoky, roasty, toasty white wine’ than a sauvignon. Aromas of pine pollen, marzipan and smoked passionfruit are followed by lemongrass, lime leaf and tropical tastiness. Essentially it’s a gloriously complex wine, produced by a family that can trace their roots back to […]

Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling

Allan Scott Marlborough Riesling 2014 $18 ★★★½ Aromas of green apple, carrot cake spices and musky, honeysuckle and apricot kernel characters all merge together on the palate and crash into a wave of sweetness. There’s a soft, grainy texture to the finish of this tangy example that’ll definitely appeal to those who prefer a more […]

Brancott Estate Special Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Gris 2012

Brancott Estate Special Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Gris 2012 $28 ★★★★ Wild passionfruit, elderflower, white peach, basil, white pepper, nectarine and lime – it’s all in here.  Brancott have been doing interesting things with sauvignon gris (a singular grape variety, not a blend of sauvignon blanc and pinot gris) recently and the results get better every […]

WITHER HILLS MARLBOROUGH CHARDONNAY 2011

WITHER HILLS MARLBOROUGH CHARDONNAY 2011, $20  The best thing about this wine (apart from the fact that it’s absolutely fabulous) is that you can get it pretty much everywhere and that it’s such an awesome price! Concentrated tropical pineapple, peach and citrus fruit flavours frolic across the palate, yet it’s also quite taut and tangy […]

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

Riverby Estate Marlborough Syrah 2011

Riverby Estate Marlborough Syrah 2011 $27  These syrah grapes have been in the ground for 20 years, making them some of the earliest planted in the Marlborough region.  Boysenberry, black cherry and soft spices ooze through on the nose and it’s a very gentle, warming, comfortably textural wine with slippery-soft tannins.  www.riverbyestate.com 

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