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

Te Mania Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $23 ★★★★

The team at Te Mania appear to be unstoppable when it comes to producing “o” for organic and “aw” for “awesome” wines year after year.  It’s the combination of soil, sunlight and sheer talent that produces juicy, stonefruit-packed, creamy, toasty chardonnay like this.  Vibrant, tangy and tropical – it’s delicious.  Trust me. www.temaniawines.co.nz

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2016 $24.50 ★★★★

Certified vegan-friendly, this gorgeous little gris is 100% sourced from Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach’s ‘Home Block’ vineyard, and comprises of ‘Mission’, ‘Larcomb’ and ‘KWV’ clones (how’s that for techie info)  Gris fans will love the ripe, juicy peach and pear characters, classic, clean nashi notes and its rich, textural finish.  Sip with Pad Thai. Yum! […]

Ruby Bay Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $24 ★★★½

I love that Nelson sauvignon blanc has its own distinct character, its so floral and flush with ripe nectarine, lemon and basil flavours.  Located just 5 mins from the Mapua Wharf in the Upper Moutere overlooking Tasman Bay, Ruby Bay’s vines thrive under some serious sunshine hours.  Winemaker John Jackson has crafted a slick, snappy […]

Kaimira Estate Nelson Syrah 2011 $38 (3.5 stars)

A highly savoury wine, with aromas of cured meats, black olive and peppercorn dominating the nose and then coursing through onto the palate.  Rooibos tea, dark cocoa and just the most subtle hints of rhubarb and leather also soak through, leaving a richly complex mouthfeel behind.  Mellow and warming on the finish.  Sip with:  Lamb […]

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