Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Rosé 2018

Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Rosé 2018 $22.95  Crafted from 100% pinot noir, this snappy little rosé resembles the styles of Southern France, skating down the dry and spicy-fresh side of the fence and leaving a comet tail of soft melon, cranberry and pink peppercorn characters on the palate.  Clean, crunchy and built for serving super-chilled […]

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Pét-Nat Chardonnay 2018

PETANE STATION HAWKE’S BAY PÉTILLANT NATUREL 2018 $38 “Pet Nat” is the thing.  Everyone’s doing it – but not everyone is doing it well. Petane Station have crafted their debut example from chardonnay and while it’s got citrus hallmarks of classic chard, grapefruit, lemon et al, there’s a soft funkiness and spritzig.  In fact beware the […]

Dry Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Dry Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $29 Pinot Noir grown in Alexandra has its own personality and pluck.  Dry Gully are totally dependable to produce solid, cheek-slappingly glorious pinot noir year after year.  Intense cherry, tamarillo, tea leaf and rosehip tea all crash across the palate and leave a comet-tail of spice on the […]

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017 $21.99 Punchy and peppery right upfront then followed by juicy raspberry and cherry and light leathery, earthy notes on the palate.  It’s a great introduction to good, affordable, Gimblett Gravels syrah and as soon as you’ve tasted it you’ll be hooked!

Framingham F-Series Marlborough Montepulciano Rosé 2018

Framingham F-Series Marlborough Montepulciano Rosé 2018 $34.99  It’s great to see rosé from Marlborough being constructed from a variety other than pinot noir, and if anyone’s going to get the best from southern-grown montepulciano, then it’s the folk from Framingham.  Perfumed with strawberry, creaming soda, and a hint of peppercorn, it has fleshy, plush textures […]

Neudorf Moutere Riesling Dry 2017

Neudorf Moutere Riesling Dry 2017 ($29) Crafted from a concoction of three different clones harvested in cooler conditions than usual in the Moutere.  It has fullness and funk from its 100% wild ferment, alongside soft lime and bruised apple aromatics, a hint of biscuity, nutty niceness and long, elegant acidity on the finish.  It’s fantastic.

39°Below Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018

39°Below Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $17.95  So fresh, frisky, vibrant and packed solid with lemongrass, basil, sweet lemon verbena notes, this wine also boasts buckets of passionfruit and nectarine on the nose and palate.  It’s a ripe and rumpty sauvignon blanc that’s so friendly and feisty, it’ll please even the fussiest sauvignon snob.  Paul McEvoy […]

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2017

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2017 $24  Bold, juicy and ready for action, this velvety-smooth red has cocoa, dark cherry, plum and peppery warmth on the palate.  It’s fleshy, beautifully textured and fabulous with moussaka. www.millsreef.co.nz  

Vidal Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Vidal Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $19 This is an in-your-face pinot gris if ever I’ve sipped one.  There’s a lot happening in the glass and that could be because this vintage has splashes of gewürztraminer and albariño added for extra aromatic and textural complexity.  Heaving with baked pear and spiced apple alongside exotic floral notes and […]

Collaboration Wines Impression Rosé 2018

Collaboration Wines Impression Rosé 2018 $25  Crafted from 100% cabernet franc grapes from winemaker Julz Brogden’s favourite sites around Hawke’s Bay, this rosé is a total standout. I love that it’s dry, snappy and sophisticated and shows amazing length of flavour. So elegant and stylish, yet it also boasts superb body, bodaciousness and texture.  Yummo!

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