Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018 $17.99 No surprises as to why this wine is one of the biggest supermarket favourites in the country.  Aromas wise it ticks all the boxes.  Pear – yes.  Apple – yes.  Nashi – yes.  Quince – sort of.  On the palate there’s upfront sweetness, with a soft, white pepper […]

La Vie En Rosé Pays d’OC2017

La Vie En Rosé Pays d’OC 2017 $19.99  Crafted from the cinsault grape by Masters of Wine, Fergal Tynan and Giles Cooke, this is a sweetly fruited, full and generous roseé from the south of France that’ll definitely win friends and influence people.  Raspberry, cranberry and a hint of white peach, makes this an easy, dangerously easy Saturday […]

Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut NV

Veuve Laperrière Blanc de Blancs Brut NV $18 If you’re looking for a rich, creamy, cashewy, peachy bubbles with a hint of sweetness and a complete lack of wallet-impact then you’ve come to the right cul de sac.  Made entirely from chardonnay (that’s where the peachiness comes from), it’s a grin-inducing, biscuity little sip that […]

The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago ‘Shady Lady’ Rosé 2018

The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago ‘Shady Lady’ Rosé 2018 $23 While I’m not a fan of the cartoony labels on the Lazy Dog wines, the actual wines inside the bottle are pretty darn stylish.  This rosé is shiny new and showing hints of creaming soda, raspberry, a nudge of nougat and some dried herbs […]

The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago Sweet On Chenin 2018

The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago Sweet On Chenin 2018 A blend of late-picked Chenin Blanc and Gewurztraminer by Jeff Sinnott, at 70g/l residual sugar it’s definitely sweet, but it’s tangy fresh and balanced.  I like the toffee apple and honey notes that combine with musky spices, lychee and grilled peach flavours on the finish.  […]

The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2017

The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2017 $23 Crafted by winemaker Jeff Sinnott from Diana and Dean Harker from chenin blanc vines they’ve been growing since 2008.  This is a dry, elegant style, packed to the eyeballs with lime and green apple, a hint (just a skerrick) of honeysuckle and loads and loads […]

Matawhero First Sun Gisborne Rosé 2018 $39.95 (3.5 stars)

What’s better than a bottle of crisp, snappy, fruit-soaked rosé? An even bigger bottle that’s what! Now it might be the middle of winter, but the team at Matawhero reckon it’s time they release their tribute to growing grapes in the first place that sees the sun each day. Made from merlot grapes, this has […]

Matavino Amelia Matakana Viognier 2017 $25 (3.5 stars)

You might imagine the little squiggle on the label is a graphic depiction of the ups and downs of working with nature. I prefer to think of it as a vine tendril left over on the wires post-pruning – much more obvious. Winegrower Jim Hight reckons Matakana is a great spot to grow viognier of […]

Kahurangi Estate Nelson Dry Riesling 2016 $15.80 (3.5 stars)

Wow this riesling is so dry and bony it’s practically skeletal – so those who love masses of lime in their wine will be happy campers with every sip. It has intense green apple notes, buckets of squinty acidity and acres of zesty, quartzy minerality on the finish. www.kahurangiwine.com  

van Asch Pyro Central Otago Syrah 2009 $40 (3.5 stars)

Nine years on from harvest and this wine is a freak of nature for two reasons. The first being that it’s syrah grown in one of the southernmost winegrowing regions in the world (highly unusual) and when a fire ripped through the winery not long after vintage, just a couple of barrels of syrah were […]

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