J. Riehl Vin D’Alsace Riesling 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

Classic Germanic riesling style here, with loads of green apple and manuka honey notes, a layer of herbaceousness and white pepper and a long, tangy finish. It’s a great introduction to Alsatian riesling that’s on the crisp, dry scale of the spectrum and it’s a good choice to sip with chickpea and paneer korma. www.winedirect.co.nz

Supper Club Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $22.99 (3.5 stars)

If you’re looking for a lightly-styled, lush, plush pinot noir that’s sewn together with spice, and rosehip tea, then this may be for you. It’s slippery and soft, with an earthy undertone and decent length of flavour and if you’re magicking up some creamy mushroom pasta then here’s your match. For stockists near you phone […]

Young Estate Bettie Bubbles Methode Traditionelle NV $34 (3.5 stars)

Hayley Young is the talent behind this golden, Gisborne-grown fizz which has had a couple of years to develop in the bottle. Subtle aromas of crushed cashews and rising dough surrender to soft citrus and caramelized characters which follow through on the palate. It’s a lightly-styled sparkles that has notes of baked apple on the […]

San Pedro Gato Negro Valle Central Merlot 2016 $16.99

Very floral and leafy, bay and thyme on the nose alongside pepper and smoky, molasses and liquorice-like characters on the nose and palate.  Warming and good as a winter crowd pleaser.  www.glengarrywines.co.nz  

Tosti Prosecco DOC NV $17.99 (3.5 stars)

Pouring this wine into your glass, it looks like liquid meringue, so fluffy, creamy and pillow-like as it fills. Scented with soft coconut, guava and white peach characters and leaving a lick of lemony lightness on the palate. It’s a beautifully balanced prosecco with just enough natural sweetness and good, racy acidity to keep it […]

Kina Beach Vineyard Nelson Pinot Noir 2015 $30 (3.5 stars)

Here’s a lovely, bright, fruit saturated pinot that’s packed with spice and personality. Lifted and light on the palate, there’s a saucy, strawberries-and-cream character to round out the lengthy finish. It’s a crowd-pleaser pinot that’ll lend itself to any occasion. Nicely made. www.kinabeach.co.nz  

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Rosé 2017 $23.99 (3.5 stars)

Pink diamond in the glass and made from 100% merlot, this wine is gutsy, plummy and packed with personality. Highly textural and juicy to drink, it also has a savoury element that will appeal to those that prefer their rosé on the crispy-dry side. www.millsreef.co.nz

TW Wines Gisborne Verdelho 2014 $25 (3.5 stars)

Anita Ewart-Croy is a bit of a verdelho vixen if I do say so myself. Extremely rare in New Zealand, it’s a variety that’s the signature white grape of Portugal and it’s used to make those awesomely ageworthy, luxuriously sweet Madiera’s. Anita however, turns the Tietjen Witters fruit into a dry and mineral-focused style with […]

Gibson Bridge Botrytis Pinot Gris 2014 375ml $38 (3.5 stars)

Deep amber-coloured, this sticky treat is so named after the sixteen rows of pinot gris grapes that were left on the vine to succumb to the noble botrytis rot. It’s toffee’d and toasty and nutty and has roast apricot, fig and quince characters on the palate. If you have any cavities in your teeth, prepare […]

Elephant In the Room Palatial Pinot Noir 2017 $17.99 (3.5 stars)

Crafted from fruit sourced from South Australia, this is a slippery, spicy and seriously succulent little pinot noir with buckets of berry notes that literally leap up the nasal passages and leaves masses of cherry and truffle flavours plunging across the palate. Sweetly-styled and slippery. Widely available.

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