Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $50 Unfined, unfiltered and absolutely elegance wine-onified. Perfumed with peppercorn, bay leaf, bright violets and plum blossom, the palate of this new release by winemaker Lauren Swift shows deeply savoury characters, leather-slapped, game meat and mocha notes. Fresh acidity and fanging length of flavour. It’s a syrah that’ll […]

Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011

Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011 $38 Holy toffee apples, Batman!  Carefully crafted by the legendary Kevin Judd, this little bottle of liquid indulgence has all the wicked sweetness of a sneaky dollar lolly mixture stashed under your pillow to nibble on when your mum’s not looking.  Hints of beeswax and spice on the nose […]

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2018

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2018 $22 High up on the Tuki Tuki terraces overlooking the river valley of the same name lies Kathryn and John Laughlin’s viognier vineyard. In addition to being a rather lovely thing to look at, it’s a spot that produces knee-slappingly lovely things to sip on. This new vintage hits that […]

The Writer’s Block Waitaki Valley Riesling 2018

The Writer’s Block Waitaki Valley Riesling 2018 $29 Produced by Brendan Seal at his Urbn Winery in central Dunedin from fruit sourced from stunning vineyards in the Waitaki Valley in North Otago.  The climate there is so extreme that grapes struggle along, pouring all their energy into tiny, flavour-packed nuggets of niceness.  The result is a […]

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $42  Mel and Gus Lawson knew their terraced hillside vineyard would produce some of the most sensational syrah in the region, I’d say they could feel it in their waters, but truth be told, water is not something they see much of and the vines border on dehydration and […]

Waiana Estate Summer Sault Hawke’s Bay Rosé

Waiana Estate Summer Sault Hawke’s Bay Rosé $26.99  Named in homage to Cinsault, the principal grape used in a style that absolutely screams “South of France”, this rosé carries a serious caboose of character around with it.  Weightier and showing more generosity than its little sister, the Indian Summer,  this Tukituki Valley-grown groover heaves with […]

Kelly Washington Wairau Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Kelly Washington Wairau Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $36  Aromas of freshly-baled pea-hay, lemongrass and soft, white pepper characters co-exist with lime and nettle notes in a beautifully balanced, mineral-driven mouthfeel that is just delicious. Certified organic and very classy in the glass, I really wish I could confidently say that New Zealanders will pay […]

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Chardonnay 2016 $65  Created from organically grown fruit and kicked off with a ferment straight from the vineyard, this cashew and citrus-forward chardonnay is their signature example and only produced in years when the fruit is perfect.  It’s big, real big.  Boasting caramelised oak notes, soft smoky characters, wild and […]

Huntress Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017

Huntress Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 $49 Winemaker Janine Rickards is the ultimate huntin, fishin, divin’ drivin’ damsel (just check out her rugged and rustic instagram pics), and I love what she does with her Huntress wines.  Hand harvested fruit from clones 5, 828 and Abel clones has been used,  20% of which has been whole cluster co-fermented […]

The Writer’s Block Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018

The Writer’s Block Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Gris 2018 $29 (4stars) Crafted by Urbn Vino’s Brendan Seal, this gris has a full and frisky fragrance of baked apple, poached quince and hints of honeysuckle and stonefruit – all characters that wash across the palate, leaving an impression of richness on the finish (which also happens […]

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