Pretty Paddock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $10.99 (3 stars)

Classic punchy passionfruit, crushed herbs, green capsicum and pea pod flavours are all crammed into this bottle alongside gum-numbing acidity and long, prickly-fresh length of flavour. A squeak of white pepper and a lick of lemongrass makes this a good little ‘after work’ quaffer. www.vineonline

Dopff & Irion Alsace Edelzwicker $18 (3 stars)

The name ‘edelzwicker’ comes from the word ‘Zwicker’ which means ‘blend’ and ‘Edel’ which means ‘noble’.  So essentially it’s a blend of noble varieties from Alsace, and that’s sylvaner, pinot blanc, riesling, muscat d’alsace, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, auxerrois and the Swiss grape chasselas.  It’s a pretty crazy spectrum of flavours such as preserved lemon, rockmelon, […]

Ka Tahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Ka Tahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $15 ★★★ Wow!  Super-fruity and loaded with lemon, peach, passionfruit and lime, this is a snappy sauvignon that will really please the crowds.  It’s not an intellectual wine by any stretch, it’s just a Make sure you serve it chilled down to enhance the tangy texture.  For stockists near […]

Fairmont Estate Admiral Hill Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2012

Fairmont Estate Admiral Hill Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2012 $25 ★★★ Lovers of old-school earthiness in their pinot will be all over this wine that’s produced from fruit sourced from the Gladstone Terraces.  Made by Jon McNab, it’s a wine boasting aromas of ancient fallen tree trunks, lush forest floor notes, savoury cherry and shitake mushroom […]

Music Bay ‘Summer’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Music Bay ‘Summer’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $15 ★★★ This is one of those super-easy, ‘drink it, don’t overthink it’ wines that ticks all the boxes for all those good things like passionfruit, peach, hints of fresh herb, capsicum and cut grass flavours.  It’s definitely a sauvignon to savour now – don’t go stashing it […]

Banfi Col Di Sasso Toscana Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Banfi Col Di Sasso Toscana Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $16 ★★★ The words ‘Col Di Sasso’ translate to ‘Stony Hill’, which describes the site of the steep, rocky slope in which the fruit for this wine grows in the Montalcino region of Italy.  It’s like someone took a handful of ripe, squishy raspberries, rubbed them […]

Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso Toscano 2011

Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso Toscano 2011 $22 ★★★ A lighter style of red that’ll appeal to those who like a soft, savoury edge to their reds, this Italian quaffer has a flick of dried herbs, gentle meaty notes and a smooth, easy-to-drink style.  www.blackmarket.com  

Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

Wild South Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 $18 ★★★ This super-soft, lightly structured pinot has berries-and-cream characters on the nose alongside a sniff of smoke, sweet cherry and a hint of plum.  If you’re looking for a beginners guide to pinot noir (or even to red wine) then this could be just the thing to swing […]

Joiy Sparkling Riesling NV

Joiy Sparkling Riesling NV (4x250ml) $25 ★★★ Bees, butterflies, exotic birds and mythical creatures adorn the storybook-ish, duck-egg blue label of this riesling-based wine spritzer.  It’s been on the market for a couple of years and is going gangbusters according to winemaker Chris Archer.  Twist the cap, pour and you’re met with sweet, musky stonefruit, […]

VNO ‘Skinny’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

VNO ‘Skinny’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $16.99 ★★★ “Light” or “skinny” wines are here to stay, the category is growing and they’re improving all the time – completely putting me in my place because I was one of the early cynics who thought they’d be just a fad.  With a limey, lemony lift combined with […]

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