Mahana Davey’s Lease Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $42 (4stars)

Winemaker Michael Glover has thrown so many ‘non-sauvignon’ techniques at this wine, it’s now something that might be sauvignon, but not as we know it.  Bright, glossy, golden and boasting a lean, smoky, watercressy nose and a palate layered with almond meal, celery seed, bay and tarragon characters.  A combo of French oak and acacia […]

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $33 ★★★★

Five different clones were hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts and blended to create this buttered-crumpet-smelling chardonnay, which quickly unveils a backbone of grilled nectarine and grapefruit pith alongside deliciously textural, creamy almond characters in the mid palate.  It’s a juicy, cheek-puckering style that pretty much makes everything you consume with it positively bounce around […]

Middle Earth Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 $24

Ryan O’Connell did a very clever thing naming his wines after the Tolkien-inspired locale, because now they’re a firm favourite with hobbit fans.  The 50-year-old family dairy farm was converted to grapegrowing some year’s back and they contract grew for big brands until deciding to hold the best fruit and have a crack at bottling […]

Brightwater Lord Rutherford Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $30

Whenever Brightwater release a ‘Lord Rutherford’ you know it’s something pretty special.  Viticulturist Dale Springer nurtures the vines through each season, while winemaker Tom Southgate shepherds the fruit through the winery and into this bottle.  With its smoked passionfruit, soft herbs, citrus and marzipan notes, this is Sauvignon but not as we know it. Sip […]

Moutere Hills Single Vineyard Nelson Syrah 2015 $35

Lean and lifted, green peppercorn, violets, plush red berryfruits and truckloads of spice burst out of the glass and merge with fresh, elegant plum and cocoa characters and it leaves slippery, succulent, mouthwatering finish. Sip with: Peppery duck liver pate www.mouterehills.co.nz

Richmond Plains Nelson Blanc de Noir 2016 $22.99

When it comes to producing New Zealand’s first certified organic AND biodynamic pinot noir – the team at Richmond Plains can claim that victory.  Here they’ve taken ripe, handpicked pinot noir fruit, crushed it and quickly whisked the red skins away – so the wine remains white.  The aromas are of stonefruits, soft cherry and […]

Greenhough Apple Valley Nelson Riesling 2016 $20

Every year I marvel at the amount of intense granny smith and jazz-apple crispness and concentrated, spritzy, lime-laden sweetness that they manage to cram into this wine. Sourced from a tiny, north-facing vineyard on Apple Valley Road (cutest road name ever) overlooking the Moutere estuary, it’s terrifically tangy, taut and ultra-refreshing.  It hits that perfect […]

Middle Earth Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 $24 ★★★½

Ryan O’Connell did a very clever-cookie thing naming his wines after the Tolkien-inspired locale because now they’re a firm favourite with hobbit fans.  The 50-year-old family dairy farm was converted to grape growing some years back and the O’Connells were contract growers for big brands until deciding to hold the best fruit and have a […]

Brightwater Nelson Riesling 2015 $20 ★★★½

This is a bony, bareknuckle riesling that ping pings around the palate like an apple and mandarin flavoured comet.   Fresh, plucky and has a deliciously dry texture on the finish.  Drink with sweet and sour pork.  www.brightwaterwine.co.nz

Aronui Nelson Riesling 2014 $17.99 ★★★½

Nelson has the unofficial ‘Aromatics Capital of New Zealand’ title and wines like this reinforce that status.  Scented with snappy green apple, lime and hint’s of honeysuckle, it’s a tangy, dry sip that’ll cleanse your tastebuds nicely, especially if you’re tucking into a creamy Waldorf salad. www.aronuiwines.co.nz

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