Kaimira Estate Brightwater Nelson Gewurztraminer 2016 $25

Certified organic, this wine is one huge high-five as to why Nelson is considered New Zealand’s spiritual home of the aromatic white wines. ‘Kaimira’ is named after an old flour mill built near the site of the original winery, but today it’s all about the grapes. Perfumed with nectarine and jasmine and sultry, dusky, musky […]

Mahana Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 $39.50 (4.5 stars)

Certified organic and produced biodynamically, this pinot has a cloudy appearance due to it not being filtered or fined therefore it’s filled with flavour, the whole flavour and nothing but the flavour. Soft, elegant, truffle-edged and earthy, I love the baked cherry and raspberry layers – fine-grained tannins and fluttery length.  It’s got gravitas for […]

Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $29 (5stars)

If this is any indication of how Nelson’s sauvignon blancs are going to be from 2017, then I’m a giddily happy girl.  Crafted by the talented team at Seifried, it’s an incredibly aromatic example that erupts with sweet lawn clippings, tomato leaf, a hint of man-sweat, passionfruit and peachy notes.  Saturated with citrus, it’s magically […]

Greenhough Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $20 (4 stars)

Nelson offers all sorts of niceness in a sauvignon blanc style that’s got a personality all of its own. Pretty, punchy and prickled with crushed nettles, bruised lemongrass and fresh passionfruit, this certified organic sauvignon erupts with zesty acidity, some sneaky oak notes and mountains of minerality on the finish. www.greenhough.co.nz

Brightwater Lord Rutherford Barrique Fermented Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $30 (4 star)

I’m on a crusade to convert more people over to the barrel fermented side of the sauvignon fence if it’s the last thing I do.  Gary and Valley Neale are experts in this field and this eye-poppingly good example is now a firm favourite of mine.  Toasty, macadamia, buttered crumpet and roast peach aromatics lead […]

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

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