Georgetown Vineyard Cental Otago Pinot Rosé 2017 $29 (5 stars)

Georgetown Vineyard Cental Otago Pinot Rosé 2017 $29 (5 stars) Wow! This wine is absolutely heaving with wild strawberries, creaming soda and watermelon-like wonder. So fresh and racy, yet showing incredible depth of flavour, it’s a stunner. Produced from a single vineyard at the eastern end of the Kawarau Gorge, this wine is elegant yet […]

Corofin Settlement Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 $49.90 (5 star)

With its ever-so-pale pink label of this Omaka Valley-grown pinot, you’d imagine it might be a lightweight, yet it’s as deeply complex and beguiling as a forbidden love. Un-fined and un-filtered, it boasts soft cherry and hedgerow fruits and smells like you’ve walked into a Chinese apothecary. Exotic, earthy and incredibly succulent to sip. Sip […]

Brookfields Indulgence Hawke’s Bay Botrytis Viognier 2016 $25 (5 stars)

Viognier (vee-yon-yay) made into a dessert wine is rare occurrence, yet Peter Robertson at Brookfields is the master and commander of the style. Scented with jasmine and citrus oils, followed by toffee and marmalade intensity on the nose and palate, caramelized mixed peel flavours and the most luxuriously sweet, tangy finish, I give it 6 […]

Askerne Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $31.90 (5 stars)

The perfume of this wine is so delicious it’s difficult to yank the glass away from your nose for long enough to actually sip it.  A hint of butterscotch merges with fresh nectarine, grapefruit and pineapple plushness on the nose and palate, while a zesty vein of spice and toasted crumpet joins them on the […]

Petane Station Esk Valley Chardonnay 2016 $30 (5 stars)

Philip Barber is a serious winemaking talent to watch if you’re a chardonnay fan.  With the ability to source fruit grown in the seashell-strewn soils of Esk Valley, thrust upwards after the 1931 Napier earthquake, his wines show incredibly complex minerality, texture and even a hint of delicious salinity.  I love the aromas of grilled […]

Lime Rock White Knuckle Hill Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2013 $60 (5 stars)

The White Knuckle is a vertigo-inducingly steep vineyard where large life insurance policies are necessary for the mug that loses the toss to tackle it with the tractor. It’s worth the pain and fear because the ripe cherry and spice-saturated flavours are sensational.  Only made in years when the fruit is exceptional, it smells like […]

Paritua Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2014 $42 (5 stars)

Winemaker Jason Stent 2014 vintage of this Bridge Pa-grown beauty is elegant, creamy, peach-and macadamia-crumble of a wine. Chock full of classic stonefruit and pineapple notes on the nose and palate, it’s refreshing, soulful and seriously satisfying, I absolutely love it. www.paritua.com    

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $19.99 (5 stars)

Bright, herbaceous and with honkingly good length of flavour, it’ll come as no surprise upon your first sip why this wine walked away with a gold medal at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Classic passionfruit, lemonade and lime curd characters’ jostle with jalapeno, blackcurrant leaf and peapod notes to create a glass of […]

Le Bessole Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015 $39.90 (5 stars)

Here’s a cheek-slappingly gorgeous blend of Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella and Rossignola from the good fold at Igino Accordini in Verona. Inky-dark and glossy in the glass, it’s perfumed with plum, red apple, earthy, caramelised oak and dusted with a smorgasbord of spices. Fresh and frisky and chock full of black cherries on the finish, […]

Buller Wines Calliope Rutherglen Shiraz 2010 $49.99 (5 stars)

With its intensely concentrated, ripe red fruits, Christmas pudding spices and masses of cherry and blackcurrant flavours, this shiraz had me swooning. Seven years since vintage and the acidity is incredibly fresh and juicy, while the tannins are deliciously dusty and have lovely grip. Made from century-old vines, this Aussie beauty is named after the […]

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