Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019

June 24, 2020By Yvonne

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 $23 Looking for a dry-style pinot gris that still packs a punch of richness, elegance and all-round excellence?  Then you’ve come to the right cul-de-sac friend, because Rosie Butler and Rodger Tynan of Tikokino have created all that in spades. Rich stonefruit notes overlap with classic apple … Read More

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015

June 23, 2020By Yvonne

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $19 (retasted 23.6.2020) At five years old, sauvignon blanc should, according to popular belief, be heading toward the rest home.  However this example from Rosie Butler’s vineyard growing in the deep, limestone soils of Tikokino, has loads of life left in it. Lemongrass, basil, peapod and passionfruit … Read More

Junction Red Card Central Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

December 4, 2019By Yvonne

Junction Red Card Central Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $19 Four years on from harvest and this little chardonnay is still going strong.  Lighter to medium-styled, it’s leaning into the creamy, cashew-like end of the spectrum, yet still showing peach and hints of citrus in the background.  Soft, juicy and very easy to sip, it’s a … Read More

Junction Corner Post Central Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017

November 11, 2019By Yvonne

Junction Corner Post Central Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017 $29 Winemaker Leith Ashworth is really hitting his straps with this sensational chardonnay, grown on the Takapau Plains in Central Hawke’s Bay.  Robust, roast peach, grilled grapefruit, toasted almond and smoke-soaked aromas and flavours erupt from the glass and the wine also offers something new in every … Read More

Junction Wines Central Hawke’s Bay Persistence 2017 

September 22, 2019By Yvonne

Junction Wines Central Hawke’s Bay Persistence 2017  $22 A top-secret blend of white grapes grown on the limestone-packed Takapau Plains in Central Hawke’s Bay has been crafted into this incredibly stylish, sophisticated sparkling wine by Leith Ashworth. Soft marzipan and lemon notes on the nose merge with silky-soft citrus, clean biscuity complexity and a pillowy, … Read More

Pukeora Estate Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2010

July 23, 2012By Yvonne

Pukeora Estate Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2010  $15  Clean and minerally, with classic pear and quince characters on the nose and palate.  I really like the texture and length in this gris, it’s juicy and buoyant in the mouth, and represents what I think is great value for money. www.pukeora.com

Tukipo River Estate Fat Duck Pinot Noir 2009

November 28, 2011By Yvonne

Tukipo River Estate Fat Duck Pinot Noir 2009 $48  In a word, jaw-dropping.  Roland Norman has created a wine exotically perfumed with cherrywood smoke, hedgerow fruits, lush, forest leaf litter and japonica.  I love the wild strawberry and rhubarb flavours and its silky, slippery mouthfeel.  It’s an absolutely sensational example and one I desperately wish … Read More

Lime Rock Gruner Veltliner 2011

September 7, 2011By Yvonne

Lime Rock Grüner Veltliner 2011 375ml $22  The debut example from the best little winery southside of the Te Hauke swamp, and it has interesting white pepper, apple and sake-like aromas followed by green apple, fruitwax and subtle, salty notes on the finish.  A really interesting wine that is also rare as hens teeth, so … Read More

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2008

September 7, 2011By Yvonne

Lime Rock Central Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2008 $29  Attractive garnet-red colour and simply oozes fresh raspberry, cherry and hedgerow-fruit essences.  In the mouth it has purity of fruit combined with wild game notes and sexy, earthy spices.  If that doesn’t grab you, the long, silky, slippery finish definitely will.  Just lovely.  www.limerock.co.nz