The Landing Bay of Islands Syrah 2019

December 24, 2020By Yvonne

The Landing Bay of Islands Syrah 2019 $48 Well if you’re not seduced by the style, texture and grooviness of the label of this bottle for starters, then the elegant red fruits, soft pepper and stylish spice layers in this syrah will totally turn you sideways. Red cherry, soft blueberry and white pepper characters wash … Read More

144 Islands Northland Chardonnay 2018

August 20, 2020By Yvonne

144 Islands Northland Chardonnay 2018 $28 Northland has a knack for turning out chardonnay with richness and tantalising creamy textures, and under the watchful eye of Jake Dromgool, one of New Zealand’s star young viticulturists (he’s been on TV and everything!), it takes on extra personality. The roast peach and mango are edged with grapefruity … Read More

Rogue Vine The Original Rogue Bay of Islands Pinot Gris 2019

April 19, 2020By Yvonne

Rogue Vine The Original Rogue Bay of Island Pinot Gris 2019 $25 Look closely at the wine in your glass and you’ll see it’s actually got a lick of pink to it. That’s because pinot gris grapes have a sort of pinky-grey colour and the good folk at Rogue have left the skins in contact … Read More

Mad Dog Bay of Island’s Chardonnay 2014 $24 (3.5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Northland is New Zealand’s oldest yet youngest wine region. It was the place where Rev. Samuel Marsden first planted grapes back in 1819 and Dalmatian migrants planted the seeds of the modern industry in its gum fields. Chardonnay has a natural home here, especially this creamy, weighty, fleshy style. This is the last opportunity to … Read More

Marsden Estate Bay of Islands Tempranillo 2014

February 23, 2016By Yvonne

Marsden Estate Bay of Islands Tempranillo 2014 $42 ★★★★ Who would have thought that big, busty, dusty Spanish red grapes like Tempranillo would ever be happy growing in a tiny, 10 acre, sub-tropical pocket of Northland?  Not many, if any. But Rod McIvor of Marsden Estate had full faith and this juicy, plush, spicy red … Read More