Escarpment ‘Noir’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 $30 (3 stars)

This is Larry McKenna’s (or Larry McPinot as he’s affectionately known) first foray into organic, minimal intervention, ‘natural’ winemaking and its, it’s ok. Unfined, unfiltered and minus any additions like sulphur (to prevent premature oxidation), this wine was fermented in a clay amphorae and left on its skins for around 9 months before being pressed […]

Brodie Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011 $27.50 (4 stars)

Seven years on from vintage and this wine is at peak. The great thing is that it’s beautifully made and at under $30 is a bargain. Seriously juicy and woven through with wild strawberry, cherry and hints of pepper, it’s also got black tea and cranberry characters which lead to a long, tangy, spicy finish. […]

Te Hera Reserve Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $42 (5 stars)

Prepare for a spice overload in this certified organic example from the lovely John Douglas at Te Hera. I say ‘lovely’ because he is quite possibly the smiliest man in all the Wairarapa. What he’s able to produce from his tiny Te Muna Terraces site is year-after-year is reliably delicious, like he’s some sort of […]

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 […]

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