Little Wing Waiheke Island Syrah 2016

Little Wing Waiheke Island Syrah 2016 $60 This is Gillian and Gareth MacLachlan’s red riot. They became obsessed with Syrah after working in the Northern Rhone in 2010, so when the opportunity came along to purchase a semi-abandoned oceanfront vineyard on Waiheke Island years later, of course syrah was compulsory!  Planted on heavy clays, super-close […]

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2018

Te Mania Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2018 $32 Elegant and nicely structured, with hazelnut and nectarine notes on the nose and it’s a sexy, mouthfilling style and showing great potential for cellaring. Taut, balanced and showing great character.  Nelson chardonnay is a new favourite thing. www.temaniawines.co.nz  

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $25 The second I see ‘tomato’ and ‘capsicum’ in the ingredients for anything, I’m instantly reaching for a wine like the Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($25). Incredibly pungent aromas of lime, lemon, passionfruit, bruised basil and buckets of homemade lemonade loveliness all wash through onto the palate […]

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $29 Blended from four vineyards from the western end of the Wairau Valley after a long, dry summer, the Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 ($29) is a funk-laced, stonefruit-soaked, toasty, smoky sip.  Crafted using only free-run juice and left to ferment wild, with no additions, before maturing in barrel for 11 months, […]

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $27 This tiny estate located out Eskdale-way, manages to turn out pinot gris that’s consistently mammoth in the personality-stakes. With its new vintage offering a creamy, apple pie and cashew character on the nose, followed by a poached quince and roast pear punch on the […]

Hancock & Sons Lillies Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

Hancock & Sons LilliesHawke’s Bay Rosé 2018 $22.50 With its pale as palest rose gold colour, this rosé, named after the ship that bought John Hancock’s great-great-grandparents from Cornwall to South Australia, is quite possibly the prettiest thing I’ve poured all week!  From starting out his career in N at Delegat’s in the 1970’s, to […]

Silver Wing Preservative Free Waipara Pet-Nat 2018

Silver Wing Preservative Free Waipara Pet-Nat 2018 $30 Fashioned in the ancient pétillant-naturel or méthode ancestrale way of allowing the still-fermenting wine to finish itself off (minds out of the gutter people!) inside the bottle, this blend of hand-picked syrah and pinot noir from Waipara has been fermented ‘wild’, in barrel with native yeasts and […]

Mt Rosa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Mt Rosa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $35 Incredibly aromatic, this Gibbston-grown pinot erupts with dusty cherry and berry and cocoa characters, plus theres a whiff of rosehip tea and sackloads of spice.  Mouthfeel-wise, where do I start?  Red fruits, currant and cranberry with hints of strawberry and rhubarb and a hint of black tea […]

Vesevo Beneventano Campagnia Aglianico 2015

Vesevo Beneventano Campagnia Aglianico 2015 $21.50  Aglianico is a grape that does its happy dance in volcanic dirt and that’s why mineral-rich soils of campagnia produce such jawdropping examples like this. ‘Vesevo’ is the ancient name given to the volcano ‘vesuvio’ – so it totally fits. Incredibly bright florals, cherry blossom, pepper and dark cocoa […]

Circuit North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

Circuit North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $24.99  Crafted by the team at Black Estate from organically grown fruit that’s been fermented using a starter culture from the vineyard itself, this is a creamy, brulee and butter-smothered wine, with peach and grapefruit notes underpinning the nutty smoothness. Theres a hint of wildness and funk to the fruit layers […]

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