Black Barn R&D Orange Wine 2016 $38 (4.5 stars)

Famed hither and thon for his tremendously golden chardonnays of all descriptions and deeply concentrated, saucy saturated reds, Dave McKee of Black Barn vineyards in Hawke’s Bay has taken a step sideways and released a shiny, new ‘orange’ wine.  Inspired by a Georgian winery called Pheasant’s Tears, who ferment their wines with wild yeasts in […]

Black Barn Rosé 2015

Black Barn Rosé 2015 $22.90 ★★★★ Winemaker Dave McKee has used merlot to craft a rich style of rosé packed with pomegranate and dried herb flavours and boasting a full, rich mouthfeel and great length of flavour.  It might be super-pale in colour, but for those who prefer a rosé with some meat on its […]

Black Barn Unoaked Chardonnay 2014

 Black Barn Unoaked Chardonnay 2014 $22 ★★★★ I have a thing about the word ‘unoaked’.  It sort of implies that there’s something ‘un’ about the wine, that something’s missing or been taken away – and that couldn’t be further from the truth here.  Packed to the cap with roast peach, pineapple and tangy citrus, winemaker […]

Let’s be Franc…

When it comes to popular wine varieties cabernet franc is the bridesmaid of the Bordeaux family.  Essential in that everyone expects it to be there, (to make  up the numbers and keep the feng shui of all the flavours in balance) but it never seems to be singled out for  much attention.  I absolutely love […]

Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2009

Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2009 $59  Lifted plum, prune, dried herbs, cedar and exotic smokey notes open the door to a burst of blackberry, pepper, juicy red liquorice and tangy earthy flavours in  the mouth.  I love cabernet franc, and this example really makes a massive impression with delicious presence and solid length […]

Black Barn Tukituki Sauvignon Blanc

Black Barn Tukituki Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $25 * * * Lengthy, lean and scented with soft green herbs and lime on the nose, this Hawke’s Bay sauvignonis bone dry and has impressive minerality which makes for an elegant, ultimately drinkable drop. www.blackbarn.com  

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