Te Mania Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $22 (4 stars)

I’ve been told by winemaker Lars Jensen, that this is a favourite amongst the winery staff and that they’re having to fast track the next vintage because it’s all being consumed in house!  That’s hardly surprising because it’s a lovely drop.  Fresh nectarine and toasty, buttered crumpet flavours are dusted with cinnamon and dolloped with […]

Neudorf Tom’s Block Nelson Pinot Noir 2015 $33

Opting to preserve every smidge of natural purity of flavour that viticulturist Richard Flatman has managed to coax into the pinot noir from Tom’s Block, winemaker Todd Stevens has bottled this wine without fining or filtration.  It’s paid off in that it’s bursting with black tea, wild raspberry and cherry layers that wrap around zesty […]

Vista Nelson Pinot Noir 2015 $22

Greg Dryden is a winemaker on a mission to spread the Nelson pinot love, and if this example is anything to go by, he’s becoming quite the guru!  Intensely spicy on the nose, and exhibiting all manner of forest floor, shitake mushroom, baked cherry and berry bodaciousness.  Plus it has a juicy mouthfeel, clean, precise […]

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 […]

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