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 […]

Amisfield Central Otago Fumé Blanc 2016

Amisfield Central Otago Fumé Blanc 2016 $45 When people say ‘fumé blanc is sauvignon for chardonnay lovers’, they’re absolutely right.  Winemaker Dr Stephanie Lambert and her team have taken what must have been rather snappy sauvignon blanc fruit and opted to ferment it using wild yeasts, in large French oak barrels.  This in turn has given […]

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $26  Produced by Graeme and Gillian Crosbie from fruit sourced from their Defiance and Domain Road vineyards, this gorgeous thing is scented with creaming soda, raspberry, sweet cherry and watermelonny wonder.  It’s a more substantial rose than most, super-concentrated yet taut, robust and spicy, with waves of […]

Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $25  Back in 1998 Paul Jacobson was an engineer and his wife Angela managed multiple local kindergartens, plus they were raising three young, Central Otago sons and life was hectic.  So that’s why they also become grape growers and winemakers – clearly suckers for punishment!  Today their […]

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