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 

Riverby Estate Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2011

Riverby Estate Noble Sauvignon Semillon 2011 $35  Deeply golden colour with hints of musky, dusty notes underneath the honeyed, toffee-like aromas.  There are lovely sweet marmalade and peach concentrate flavours on the finish which has good, solid length.  www.riverbyestate.com

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2011

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2011 $35 375ml  Golden and brassy and wow what an incredible wine!  Delicious rose-toffee, caramelised peach, marmalade, and tangy, tantalising, ultra-sexy flavours – can’t fault it, more please!!  Buy from www.riverbyestate.com

Riverby Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Riverby Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010 $28  Soft strawberry and cherry notes on the nose and in the mouth the fruit is very gentle to the point of being perhaps a touch subdued.  It’s a pleasant pinot, very easy to drink and one that will be great for those new to the style, but I […]

Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2010

Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2010 $25  A really nice, nectarine-laden chardonnay with attractive stonefruit, grapefruit pith and toasty flavours to top off a lovely, lean, textural mouthfeel.  Just the thing for a bowl of salt and pepper squid.  www.riverbyestate.com

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