Te Kairanga John Martin Martinborough Chardonnay 2014 $40.00

This lightly creamy Martinborough chardonnay is crafted by John Kavanagh and has fresh, lifted nectarine, rockmelon, just the subtlest of toasty notes and a lovely fresh juicy character. It’s elegant yet mouthfilling and supremely satisfying. Clean, vibrant and zingy – it’s the type of chardonnay that’ll make your tastebuds stand to attention, aching to impress. […]

Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera Martinborough Pinot Gris 2016 $25.00

Crafted by the ridiculously talented Paul Mason, Martinborough Vineyard is a veritable aristocrat insofar as pinot gris production is concerned. A pioneer of the region, having started in 1980, they know how to craft elegantly structured, deliciously dry pinot gris with lashings of nashi, ginger, quince and white pepper on the palate. Its persistent length […]

Grava Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $27.50

Alistair Gardner and Karla Falloon have crafted a classic, old school-styled sauvignon here from their deep, gravelly vineyard located in the rain shadow of the Rimutaka Range. I love the hints of sweetpea, fresh asparagus, elderflower, passionfruit, lime and preserved lemon on the nose and palate. It’s whole-bunch pressed instead of being traditional crushed, to […]

Te Hera Ocean Child Martinborough Riesling 2016 $20.00

If your tastebuds were doing a beam routine, the impact of granny smith apple and fresh-cut Winter Cole pears, combined with cheek-prickling acidity and a splash of honeysuckle, will give them the power to take a flying scissor leap and round off towards a somersault dismount. At just 11.5% alcohol, you know it’s going to […]

Palliser Estate Martinborough Noble Riesling 2016 $29 375ml (4.5 stars)

I was completely seduced by the sexy, orange-gold liquid that slinks into the glass, so to then be met by gorgeous, citrus-toffee notes, caramelized stonefruit and peach compote characters – just sent me into swoon territory. Fresh, zesty acidity perks up a hefty 70g/l of natural residual sugar and makes this a beautifully balanced sweet […]

Ata Rangi Crimson Martinborough Pinot Noir 2016 $36 (4 stars)

The team at Ata Rangi are head-over-kite nuts about pohutukawa trees and re-establishing native rata in the lower North Island where it once flourished, henceforth, sales of every bottle of this succulent, juicy pinot go towards the Project Crimson charitable conservation trust. Tamarillo, spicy cherry and black quava burst forth on the nose and palate, […]

Palliser Estate Martinborough Methode Traditionnelle 2014 $40 (4 stars)

A veritable aristocrat amongst local bubbles, the new release methode from Palliser has lovely lifted aromas of rising dough, almond meal and lemon shortbread alongside a smooth, rich, generously textured palate. It’s a fresh, frisky fizz with tiny, elegant bubbles, creamy mousse and a long, tongue-tingling finish. Stylish and sophisticated sparkles that’ll win friends and […]

Colombo Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $24

Winemakers Baptist Sieber and Carolyn Irwin have created one of the tastiest darn sauvignon’s I’ve seen in AGES.  Sourced from their Te Muna Road and Martinborough Terrace vineyards, it’s round, ripe and bursting with peach, passionfruit and lemony lusciousness, it’s zingy, crunchy, fulsome and seriously sexy.  Martinborough sauvignon blanc has a reputation for terrific texture […]

Johner Estate Wairarapa Riesling 2016 $20 (4 stars)

Karl Heinz Johner makes wine in opposite hemispheres, with family estates in Baden, (in Germany’s Kaiserstuhl region) AND in Martinborough’s Gladstone sub-region. Riesling is a hero grape for him and he loves the crunchy green acidity, pear notes, baked pipfruit, lime zest and honey characters that Martinborough grapes give. So much so that he’s decided […]

Porters Kereru Martinborough Pinot Gris 2015 $30

I’ve lost count of how many lawyers I’ve met who tell me they have a vineyard and make wine, when they actually pay a consultant to come down and get their hands dirty instead.  John Porter is not one of those lawyers.  He’s been a hands-on winegrower and winemaker, since planting his vineyard in 1992. […]

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