Osawa Flying Sheep Limited Release Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Osawa Flying Sheep Limited Release Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $35 Sealed under cork, this vintage is still holding solid acidity and freshness and tropical tones, yet the positively demure 11%alc kind of makes the wine feel a little meh and mediocre  in the mid-palate.  It’s ok but not great and for $35 I’d be […]

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014v While I’m pretty sure the 2018 is out in the market now, there’s still a fair bit of the 2017 lurking around, so I thought I’d taste it again.  While the aromas are quite attractive (think bruised basil, capsicum, passionfruit, peach) – the palate is all a bit meh.  There’s […]

Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $24 Passionfruit.  check.  Lime.  Check.  Crushed herbs. Check.  Cut grass and capsicum. Check.  Spark and personality?    Hmmm not so much.  I was expecting a punch in the face, but got a flick from a damp teatowel instead.  It’s an ok drink, but for $24 it’s lacking pungency and […]

Anchorage Nelson Riesling 2015

Anchorage Nelson Riesling 2015 $18 This wine is definitely on the dry side.  In fact it’s so dry it’s practically skeletal if you like that sort of thing.  I like the lime intensity on the nose, however the palate is just too mean and skinny for me personally.  If you prefer your rieslings to exfoliate […]

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $14.99 (2.5 stars) There’s a brisk burst of beeswax and manuka honey on the nose and palate indicating some botrytis infection in the wine, but that adds complexity to the wine.  Dry and spicy, it boasts the ususal suspects of pear and quince, but fails to deliver generosity in the […]

Bodega Tamari Mendoza Chardonnay 2015 $13.99

‘Tamari’ means ‘to be passionate in Huarpe, the native language of the Mendoza region in Argentina.  This chardonnay is on the leaner side, mineral-driven, nutty and has a squeak of crushed seashell and salt about it.  There’s a creamy element adding some complexity, however if you’re looking for fruit generosity and tropical flavours, then you’re not […]

Sileni Estates Sparkling Cuvée Pinot Gris NV $19 (2.5 stars)

I know packaging shouldn’t matter, but I really loathe those plastic ‘zork’ corks. The colour blue works on very few bottles and my eyes ache trying to digest more than 2 fonts on a label – but if you go beyond all the ‘busyness’ there’s actually an OK wine inside. Aromas of caramel apple brioche […]

Nikau Point Select Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Nikau Point Select Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $13.99 ★★½ The Nikau Point brand has recently been given a spruce up, meaning it looks a tad more stylish on the table, which is always a good thing with a sub-$15 bottle.  This is a lightweight red that has layers of dried herb, berry and spice […]

Old North Road Pinot Noir 2013

Old North Road Pinot Noir 2013 $8.99 ★★½ It’s a local brand, from out West Auckland way, but the label doesn’t say where exactly in NZ the fruit has come from, so it’s anyone’s guess.   On first sniff there are some baked berry aromas edged with leafy, herbal notes and a whiff of something spicy.  […]

Whitecliff Pinot Noir 2014

Whitecliff Pinot Noir 2014 $8.99 ★★½ A local supermarket budget brand that’s been around for aeons, the Whitecliff pinot is actually an Australian wine.  But that’s ok because let’s face it, you’re seriously up against it to make pinot noir in this country for that sort of price.  It has some sweet, spicy notes on […]

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