Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017

October 3, 2019By Yvonne

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $21.99   I first tasted this wine in April 2018 and upon recently re-tasting it, I had to adjust my notes because it’s maturing into something rather sensational.  Bright crimson in the glass and bursting with redcurrant, wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry notes on the nose and palate, … Read More

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017

June 5, 2019By Yvonne

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 $28 The Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 ticks all the boxes for plushness, fruit-forwardness and is one of those wines that’ll inject life into any occasion.  Ripe cherry, raspberry and even a tiny squeak of beetroot all erupt from the glass and the flavours are soft, easy, plump and gentle … Read More

Whistling Buoy Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

January 18, 2019By Yvonne

Whistling Buoy Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 $25  Perfumed with the softest of pot pourri and peach stone, it feels like it’s going to be super-subtle as a wine style.  Then you put it in your mouth and holy moly!  It’s an explosion of crunchy-fresh acidity, guava, tropical tones, incredibly rich, zesty layers of flavour … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

January 13, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $20.99  Get on your skateboard, segway or scooter and shimmy on over to the Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($20.99) to pour with any sort of pan-fried pesce perfection.  Crisp, crunchy, packed with citrus and huge herbaceous notes, this wine is superb to sip with fresh fish.  … Read More

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

August 30, 2018By Yvonne

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2017 $16.99  This wine is a little out of balance so it’s not the easiest of wines to drink.  Aromas of honey, baked pear are initially positive, yet there’s a slightly sour note on the palate which throws things slightly.  There are better wines in the Sherwood stable.

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris

August 30, 2018By Yvonne

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris 2015 $20  Located in the leafy climes of West Melton, 20 mins or so drive west of Christchurch city, this pinot gris has a hint of botrytis character happening, honeyed notes, beeswax and some roast stonefruit showing through.  Doesn’t really show the classic nashi, pear, quince and apple characters that … Read More

Whistling Buoy

March 21, 2018By Yvonne

I’ve sipped my way through the new Whistling Buoy releases from Canterbury and they’re rather snazzy… Whistling Buoy Kokolo Vineyard Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016 $36 (5 stars) Wow.  Here’s one ultra-juicy, exotically-scented, super-charged pinot noir from under the southern sun. Kokolo is a vineyard on a sheltered site at the head of Lyttleton and clearly … Read More

NZ winery first in southern hemisphere to trade with bitcoin

November 27, 2013By Yvonne

I don’t usually post press releases verbatim – but this just came through and I think it’s rather cool… 27 November 2013 MEDIA RELEASE – PYRAMID VALLEY VINEYARDS A small high-end winery in North Canterbury is set to become the first wine business in the southern hemisphere to accept bitcoin payment to make transactions easier … Read More

Lake Forsyth Banks Peninsula Pinot Gris 2009

July 23, 2012By Yvonne

Lake Forsyth Banks Peninsula Pinot Gris 2009 $32  I really like this style of pinot gris.  It manages that delicious balance between the dry and mineral notes on the nose and palate and the rich, white peach and quince flavours in the mouth.  There’s a lovely creamy layer of complexity which adds depth and dimension … Read More

Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 2009

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 2009 $23  This is a superb Canterbury chardonnay chock-full of melon, mango and peach notes on the nose all followed by an explosively fresh burst of tropical and citrus flavours in the mouth.  Clean, long and linear, it’s a lovely drink indeed.  Buy from www.tresillian.co.nz   Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay