Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

June 5, 2019By Yvonne

Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $40 Well, I’ll be pounded, egged and covered in crumbs Batman.  In fact, any chicken recipe just screams out for the finest chardonnay you can lay your hands on.  I was incredibly fortunate to have a bottle of the stunning Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 within arms reach as I … Read More

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017

June 5, 2019By Yvonne

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 $28 The Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 ticks all the boxes for plushness, fruit-forwardness and is one of those wines that’ll inject life into any occasion.  Ripe cherry, raspberry and even a tiny squeak of beetroot all erupt from the glass and the flavours are soft, easy, plump and gentle … Read More

Jules Taylor Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

May 31, 2019By Yvonne

Jules Taylor Marlborough Chardonnay 2018 $21.99 Boasting all sorts of tropical tantalisation on the nose (think pineapple and mango) alongside cashew, almond and a smashup of grapefruit and peach wash across the palate.  It’s not an oak-driven, ultra-challenging style, more fruit forward than anything, with a creamy undertone that makes it a crowd-pleaser for any … Read More

Nockie’s Palette ‘Georgetown’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

May 28, 2019By Yvonne

Nockie’s Palette ‘Georgetown’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $38 The Georgetown Vineyard is situated at the Cromwell end of the Kawarau Gorge and sits on the site of the historic Georgetown township. Crafted by Jenn Parr, this pinot noir absolutely heaves with wild cherry, redcurrant and sweet, coughdrop complexity.  Hints of wild thyme and seasoned … Read More

Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

May 25, 2019By Yvonne

Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $28.50 I took my first sip of this wine as I signed up to Amazon Prime and hit ‘play’ on the UK hit program ‘Fleabag’ and I can tell you right now that I can’t think of a more satisfying combination.  On the one hand the wine is so … Read More

Alpha Domus Special Reserve ‘The Aviator’ Hawke’s Bay 2016

May 25, 2019By Yvonne

Alpha Domus Special Reserve ‘The Aviator’ Hawke’s Bay 2016 $69 This is the flagship Bordeaux blend for the Alpha Domus team led by winemaker Barry Riwai, and this vintage is a blend dominated by cabernet sauvignon that’s boosted by cabernet frand, merlot and malbec from the famous, iron-rich, red gravels of the Bridge Pa Triangle … Read More

Mishas Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

May 22, 2019By Yvonne

Mishas Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $28 This is one of my favourite New Zealand pinot gris styles because it hits that perfect balance between the deliciously dry and mouthfillingly rich.  Think a tweak of yuzu, nestled amongst nashi and soft lemony notes on the nose and palate, this Central Otago stunner … Read More

Folium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

May 22, 2019By Yvonne

Folium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 $30 Winemaker Takaki Okada is one of my favourite artists in the vineyard.  Managing his tiny, Brancott Road property entirely organically and completely by hand.  His love for pinot noir is palpable, infectious, and the flavours he derives from his fruit are completely unique.  Think you know Marlborough pinot noir?  … Read More

Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Barrique Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

May 19, 2019By Yvonne

Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Barrique Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $28 Named after the gigantic old gum tree that grows on Jackson’s Homestead vineyard that apparently makes ghostly noises as the temperature cools down and night settles in.  Made by Matt Paterson-Green, this sauvignon is hand harvested, whole-bunch-pressed and then fermented in old, French oak barrels … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017

May 15, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017 $43 Wow.  Wow and triple wow.  If the immense punch of grilled grapefruit, buttered crumpet, and hints of smoked bacon and popcorn doesn’t send you sideways, the powerful, weighty, woof-inducing complexity on the palate definitely will.  Sourced from old vines and matured on its yeast lees in 30% new … Read More