Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $60 Red wine lovers, look out.  What this wine has is a very particular set of skills. Skills it’s acquired over a very long time, skills that make it a nightmare for people who don’t like cabernet. Because it’s so glorious.  If you give in to its […]

Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $59 How sensual and seductive and intoxicatingly aromatic this wine is, will have you weak at the knees and struggling to form a sentence with every sip.  Soaring with rosehip and rooibos tea, cherry, dark plum and mysterious red-fruit saturation that’ll send you into an exotic swoon in […]

Ti Wha Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Ti Wha Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $57 With recent vintages scooping more trophies and medals around the traps than Bob Kerrigan could fit in the pool room, it’s no surprise to me why (on the back on an excellent harvest) the 2017 is nothing short of nuts-good.  Estate-grown and hand-harvested at Gibbston, […]

Lamont Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

Lamont Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $27 Produced from 100% pinot noir grown in the Chinaman’s Terrace vineyard in Bendigo, this rosé holds nothing back.  Pinker than a freshly slapped cheek, this wine smells of creaming soda and red liquorice, watermelon gelato and those red loveheart lollies in your two dollar mixture from the […]

Mt Rosa Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Mt Rosa Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $75  This is a sexy melange of wild cherry, rhubarb, rosehip tea and allspice.  Soft, sultry and ever-so-smoky, it’s a style that’s deeply concentrated, gamy and incredibly succulent.  Mouthwatering even.  It’s a delicious style that has incredible length of flavour and an elegant presence.  Love it!  Pricey, […]

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Private Blend Hawke’s Bay Rosé

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Private Blend Hawke’s Bay Rosé $35 This is the flagship rosé from the Plowman family and their Waiana Estate winemaking team.  A step beyond their Indian Summer and Summer Sault rosés, this classically dry, Provençale style is crafted from a blend of Tukituki Valley-grown merlot and cinsault which has been left, post-ferment […]

Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $50  Stuffed with cranberry, redcurrant, rosehip tea, succulent acidity, slippery lithe mouthfeel, warming, luscious, lovely and spicy and velvety. It’s a classic, old vines, Central Otago style that works beautifully with roast beetroot soup and anything game-related.  It’s a juicy, spice-centric style that’s created from fruit grown by […]

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chenin Blanc 2017 $45 5stars

The Naish family planted chenin blanc on their ‘Home’ vineyard back in 2011, and the vines thrive under the baking Waipara sun and those wild Nor’Easter winds. This is the fourth vintage made by their winemaker, Nicholas Brown, an obsessive fan of wines from the Mid-Loire Valley in France (where chenin and cabernet franc are […]

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Sacred Hill Riflemans Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $65  Riflemans should be, in my opinion, given national treasure status for its services to chardonnay appreciation in this country.  Created in years when the fruit from this heritage-status vineyard in the upper reaches of the Dartmoor Valley, is deemed nothing less than exceptional, this wine is an exercise […]

Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Cambridge Road Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013 $60  Lance Redgwell is a pinot master, and from his tiny, biodynamically-grown vineyard on the Martinborough terraces comes this juicy tsunami of black tea, Cherry Ripe bars, camphor, sandalwood,  earthy leather notes and layers of mushroomy complexity merge with finely chiseled tannins to produce a slick yet succulent and […]

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