Yealands Reserve Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

October 5, 2020By Yvonne

Yealands Reserve Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $18.99 Marlborough’s Awatere Valley is famous for turning out sauvignon blanc saturated with high-toned florals, intense minerality, lemongrassy goodness and buckets of green herbs on the nose and palate.  This wine is swollen with sensationally sweaty characters, tomato stalk zinginess and a whole potager garden of herbaceousness.  … Read More

Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $17 Leek and Greens Frittata (dish magazine Feb Mar 2020) Reading the list of ingredients alone (leek, turmeric, coriander, cumin, chard, spinach, kale, lemon, mint, parsley, dill and shallots etc…) had me instantly reaching for a bottle of Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($17) Why?  Because it has … Read More

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $41.99 This wine is replacing the Rore Reserve Pinot Noir.  The first half went into the market with the Rore Reserve label on it and it won the trophy for Wine of Provenance (the wine that’s the most reflective of its place, its terroir over time) at the … Read More

Clark Estate Clericus Wild Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

August 31, 2018By Yvonne

Clark Estate Clericus Wild Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $35 Classic barrel fermented, wild-fermented style here, stacked with smoked passionfruit, bruised basil, toasty marzipan notes, soft pepper and lemongrass layers. Named for the most noble and intellectuals in Roman society, this is definitely the thinking persons’ sauvignon. www.clarkestate.com  

NEW LOVE ON THE BLOCK

May 16, 2013By Yvonne

NEW LOVE ON THE BLOCK Years ago, when I was just starting out in this business, I remember attending a snazzy wine tasting event in Auckland.  I was desperately trying (and failing) to look professional while struggling to hold my laughably large handbag, my pen, my notebook, my dictaphone and my wine glass.  I was … Read More