Astrolabe Sleepers Vineyard Marlborough Albariño 2016 $25 (4 stars)

Grown on a limestone-laden block WAY south in Kekerengu by Albarino-obsessives Chris and Lynne Wilson, this local version of a Spanish favourite has ‘Spring 2018’ written all over it. Clean white peach, lemon blossom, a dusting of almond and a long, soft, citrus-stacked finish will make you feel like you’ve just stepped out of a […]

Rock Ferry 3rd Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $27.90 (4 stars)

Certified organic and oozing tropical fruit from every drop, this is a generously proportioned, punchy, passionfruit-saturated sauvignon that has lovely depth of flavour. It has a hefty herbaceous undercurrent and a long, creamy texture on the finish. Darn tasty to drink. www.greatlittlevineyards.com

Momo Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $19 (4 stars)

If you’re of an organic persuasion, then this wine will tick all your boxes. Lifted peach, grapefruit sit alongside buttered crumpet and nutty notes to create a multi-layered, super-tasty, juicy wine that should definitely be in your fridge! www.seresin.co.nz

Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017 $26 (4 stars)

Winemaker Dave McKee showed up on my doorstep recently, clutching a bottle of this shiny new wine looking grinny and proud. Deservedly so. Luxuriously textured, bursting with baked apple and spiced pear, white pepper and naturally juicy citrus characters. A hint of quince and racy acidity to finish shoots this gris into the sip-o-sphere. It […]

Quest Farm Grand Central Pinot Noir 2014 $28 (4 stars)

If silky, slippery, spice-saturated pinot noir for under $30 is your jam then get the good glasses out of the cabinet and get ready to pour. Crafted by Mark Mason (one of the founders of Sacred Hill) and viticultural consultant Michelle Crawford, this frisky four year old has buckets of moody, broody cherry and boxwood […]

Hãhã Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $17.99 (4 stars)

First things first. The fact that this wine sells for under $20 is baffling to me. It roars with stonefruit and citrus and has just the right amount of roasty toasty, hazelnutty flavours to kick it into ‘must-sip’ territory. Ripe, tropical, round and rumpty – just the way I like my chardonnay. Yum. www.hahawine.co.nz

I Am George Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016 $22 (4 stars)

George Wyndham is considered the founding father of shiraz in Australia, planting the grape in 1830. Winemaker Steve Meyer wanted to create a wine that was accessible to anyone, but captured the spirit of George – and here it is. Bursting with blackcurrant, plum and all manner of sweet, red fruits, it’s a warming, cuddly […]

Wild River North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $13.99 (4 stars)

2017 was a tricky vintage for Cantabrian wine producers, but Catherine Keith and Tony Rutherford made a cracking go of it to turn out tangy, lemony, passionfruity sauvignon blanc that will keep the crowds happy at that Spring wedding or for those family fish and chip Friday nights. www.centrecity.co.nz  

Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Franschhoek Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2015 $22 (4 stars)

This is one of my go to wines of the moment and this blend of 48% viognier 41% Chenin Blanc and 11% grenache blanc should be on your shopping list too.  Layers of white peach, apple, hints of citrus oil and jasmine and a mash-up of minerality on the finish make it a complex, juicy, […]

Richmond Plains Organic Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $21.99 (4 stars)

The team at Richmond Plains produced New Zealand’s first vegan-friendly sauvignon blanc from fully-certified organic and biodynamic grapes years ago, and this new vintage could be their best one yet.  Lemongrassy, lighty-structured and showing leafy, herbaceous notes alongside a hint of feijoa that stitches it all together.  It’s a ripe, bouncy, citrus-stacked sauvignon blanc that […]

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