NOW by Paxton McLaren Vale Organic Shiraz 2016 $30 (4 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

The name stands for ‘Natural Organic Wine’ and in this these guys have been making organic, preservative-free wines since WAY before it was cool.  Here you’ve got a bright, vibrant, floral-fest of a shiraz which has a long, liquorice-like layer through the mid-palate.  It’s not sweet and jammy as many South Australian shiraz’s can be … Read More

Haha Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $13.99 (3.5 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

Highly scented and precise on the nose, fresh-cut pear, poached quince and powdery, talc-like characters leap from the glass.  It’s also a very full, generous gris, soaking the palate with pipfruit, honeysuckle and spice.  Don’t chill this down too much or you’ll stifle all those fruit layers.  Sip with bacon-wrapped dates as a nibbly treat. … Read More

Fickle Mistress Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 $25 (3.5 stars)

March 30, 2017By Yvonne

I’m really not a fan of frilly, femme-driven labels and packaging, but the wine inside more that makes up for it.  Rich, cherry-laden and loaded with red berry and blossom notes, it’s full, generously proportioned and fun.  She’s not necessarily that elegant, but she’ll definitely show you a good time. Widely available.

Delta Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $22 (4.5 stars)

March 30, 2017By Yvonne

With its sweet pea, lemon and passionfruit aromas, this snappy sauvignon follows up with a softly fruited, tang-fest on the tongue. Made by star wine consultant Matt Thomson and sourced from a single vineyard in the Dillons Point sub-region – this sauvignon has herbaceousness, classic red capsicum and jalapeno characters and serious sippability. For info … Read More

Millton Te Arai Gisborne Muskats @Dawn 2016 $20 (3.5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

On these sun-soaked summer days, sometimes all you want is a glass of something super-chilled and something that’s not going to knock you sideways.  Well here’s your answer.  At a positively demure 8.5% alcohol, this organic, biodynamically-produced, musky, peachy white is a fruity, trop-fest of a wine that’ll keep everyone happy.  Light, lovely and luscious … Read More

Colombo Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $20 (4 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Beg, steal, borrow, do whatever it is you need to do in order to secure yourself a bottle of this ultra ripe, plump passionfruit and peachy wine produced by Swiss-Irish couple Carolyn Irwin and Baptist Sieber.  I love the herbaceous elements and layers of lemongrass on the finish and it’s just perfect with mussel fritters … Read More

Pa Road Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $14.99 (4 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

If you’re keen for a smoky, struck match, toasty, roasty chardonnay that’s redolent (did I just say ‘redolent’?) of grilled grapefruit, charred pineapple and all manner of caramelized complexity – then this is your poison.  Darn yummy, and will appeal to old-school chardonnay lovers who love that nutty, creamy character on the finish. Widely available … Read More

Gladstone Estate Wairarapa Viognier 2016 $25 (5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Hands down, this is one of my favourite drinks of the season.  Owner-slash-winemaker Christine Kernohan has done it again with this fresh, intensely floral viognier that just screams spiced citrus, jasmine and classic apricot kernel characters in every mouthful.  Luxuriously tropical, it also hits that sweet spot of beautifully balanced, zingy acidity that so many … Read More

French Peak Banks Peninsula Rosé 2016 $20 (4 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Nowhere are Canterbury’s subregional differences more “Holy Nora!” obvious, than in the wines from Banks Peninsula.  Thanks to constant sea breezes, the vines remain clean and dry and the wines extremely pure as a result.  This pinot noir rose is pink-diamond-pale, scented with delicate watermelon and raspberry and on the palate there’s a pink grapefruit/blood … Read More

Bannock Brae Cathy’s Central Otago Rosé 2016 $22 (4 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Crafted from 100% pinot noir grown on Catherine and Crawford Brown’s Cairnmuir Road vineyard, this is a super-bright, raspberry and wild cherry-soaked rosé that’ll definitely win friends and influence people this summer.  The fruit concentration rocks across the palate, while the nose is so floral and fabulous, it takes some discipline to not dip your … Read More