Bald Hills Last Light Single Vineyard Central Otago Riesling 2018

November 23, 2020By Yvonne

$28 If winemaker Pete Bartle ever makes a riesling that isn’t exceptionally balanced and beautiful then I want to know about it. Sourced from a single hectare of vines grown in the Bald Hills Bannockburn site that are planted in such a way as to soak up the very last rays of the late afternoon … Read More

Bald Hills 3 Acres Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

November 1, 2020By Yvonne

Bald Hills 3 Acres Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $32 Well if this isn’t just the prettiest, ruby-hued thing to sip! Bannockburn is basically a desert, a dry, beautifully alien, rocky moonscape of a place, so if you’ve ever been there, you’ll completely understand why this vineyard is named Bald Hills. With a nose … Read More

Bald Hills Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

June 29, 2020By Yvonne

Bald Hills Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $46 Aged in 33% new French oak for 12 months, this incredibly floral, fruit saturated pinot noir creates an immediate impression and brings the grins from the first sip.  Youthful and buoyant and bursting with wild cherry, smoked spices and silky textures.  It possesses a lift … Read More

The Bald Hills 3 Acres Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

June 21, 2020By Yvonne

The Bald Hills 3 Acres Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 $32 Brand new on the market, this raspberry, rhubarb, herb and cherry-centric pinot noir from Bannockburn (where the hills are so dry and dusty they’re practically ‘bald’) is lush, plush and all things ‘ush’ on the nose and palate.  Fresh, juicy and showing highly skilled … Read More

Domain Road The Water Race Central Otago Dry Riesling 2018

June 11, 2020By Yvonne

Domain Road The Water Race Central Otago Dry Riesling 2018 $27 Great dry riesling should have an immediate flinty, limey, green apple impact on the nose and a tidal wave of crunchy, zesty acidity and lemon-lime layers. This super-juicy new release from Graeme and Jill Crosbie is actually named after the ubiquitous water races that … Read More

Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

March 25, 2020By Yvonne

Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016 $49.50 The tiny, 3ha, organically-farmed Doctor’s Flat site in Bannockburn is composed of deep gravels laid down by receding glaciers 480,000 years ago. Shepherded into the bottle by winemaker/owner Steve Davies since the mid-2000s, in 2016, 27% of the hand-harvested fruit was popped into the tank as intact … Read More

Bald Hills Kirameki Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

December 20, 2019By Yvonne

Bald Hills Kirameki Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $30 Kirameki is a Japanese word for ‘sparkle’, ‘glint’, ‘glitter’ or ‘glow’ and the good folk at Bald Hills felt it was a great way to describe the rocks that line the Northern tip pinot gris vineyard which sits high up in Gibbston Valley.  It’s a style … Read More

Bald Hills Friends and Lovers Central Otago Rosé 2019

December 20, 2019By Yvonne

Bald Hills Friends and Lovers Central Otago Rosé 2019 $30 Crafted from two clones of hand-harvested, whole bunch pressed and cool-fermented pinot noir (Abel and 115) and showing gutsy raspberry, cherry and creaming soda, it’s a style that’ll bring the grins and satisfied slurps and have you longing for lashings of smoked salmon and sriracha … Read More

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018

December 20, 2018By Yvonne

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 $26  Produced by Graeme and Gillian Crosbie from fruit sourced from their Defiance and Domain Road vineyards, this gorgeous thing is scented with creaming soda, raspberry, sweet cherry and watermelonny wonder.  It’s a more substantial rose than most, super-concentrated yet taut, robust and spicy, with waves of … Read More

Te Kano Estate Central Otago Chardonnay 2017 $35 (5 stars)

May 6, 2018By Yvonne

Aroma-wise this wine absolutely rocks the house with grilled grapefruit, biscuity characters and beautiful creme caramel characters.  Chock full of ripe stonefruit, yet it’s restrained, creamy and supremely elegant to drink.  It’s an incredibly stylish wine, softly spiced and boasting cashew and brulee layers on the finish.  Just gorgeous! www.tekanoestate.com