Peregrine Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $27 ★★★½

Anyone thinking central otago was simply pinot noir country clearly hasn’t had the pleasure of sipping their sauvignon. Softer in style, with basil, peach and lemongrass characters that wash across the palate with the most subtle hit of white pepper and fresh passionfruit. Softly fruited and refreshing, this little gem from Gibbston will leave a […]

Kalex Bendigo Terrace Central Otago Riesling 2014 $32 ★★★★½

Wow! Lime alert! This southern star smashes through the palate with green apple and quartz-powder, minerally mouthfeel that lingers long and will send your saliva glands into overload.  Dry and bony, but packed with character – here’s a wine that’ll work

Mt Maude Central Otago Dry Riesling 2015 $25 ★★★★½

If you were to meet winemaker Sarah-Kate Dineen whilst sipping this wine, you’d be struck by a sudden urge to shout, “Wow! If this wine were a person, it’d totally be her!”  Crisp, vivacious, toothsome and tangy, it bounces around with incredible intensity, presence and depth.  The hand-picked, foot-stomped fruit for this citrus-soaked riesling, comes […]

Folding Hill Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015 $32 ★★★★½

Straight away you’ll be struck by the stunning ruby-garnet colour of this Bendigo-grown pinot – but despite the prettiness of the colour, this wine is quick to grip you around the gumline and shake you into submission.  Exotic rosehip, cherry and smoked sandalwood aromas lead to a palate packed with rhubarb, cranberry, black tea and […]

Crafters Union Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014 $22 (3.5 stars)

So this wine may come in a decidedly non-pinot noir shaped bottle, we here at WineFriend are happy to encourage a little disruption in tradition, especially when it looks so darn cool. Here’s a lighter style with hints of leather and dusty berry and cherry notes on the nose and palate. Fresh and slightly grippy […]

Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir Rose 2016 $27 (4 stars)

100% organic pinot noir in all its glory is exactly what you get with this southern stunner.  Such a pretty, ballet-shoe pink colour, aromas of just-ripe raspberry, watermelon and fleshed out with soft, creamy, roast stonefruit notes to round out the finish.  Great length of flavour too. www.peregrinewines.co.nz

Bannock Brae Cathy’s Central Otago Rosé 2016 $22 (4 stars)

Crafted from 100% pinot noir grown on Catherine and Crawford Brown’s Cairnmuir Road vineyard, this is a super-bright, raspberry and wild cherry-soaked rosé that’ll definitely win friends and influence people this summer.  The fruit concentration rocks across the palate, while the nose is so floral and fabulous, it takes some discipline to not dip your […]

Dunstan Road Central Otago Riesling 2015 $25 4 stars

If your tastebuds were in need of a serious wakeup call, then this super-dry-to-the-point-of-being-skeletal riesling, could be just the ticket. Crushed seashells, green apple and lime layers all unfold, followed by a taste that I can only describe as like licking a wet stone that’s been soaked in lime. Which is a lovely thing to […]

Terra Sancta Lola’s Block Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016

Terra Sancta Lola’s Block Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016 $27.45 ★★★★½ Jody Pagey and Len Ibbotson are the winemaking and viticulture guru’s responsible for this luscious and tangy, southern star pinot gris. It’s a wine that seduced me from the get-go with its punchy nashi freshness and apple strudel spices. Rich and luscious and bursting […]

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Gruner Veltliner

Bannock Brae Marlene’s Central Otago Grüner Veltliner 2015 $25 Catherine and Crawford Brown have transformed a rabbit-ruined paddock into an award-winning vineyard that’s an oeno-nirvana of pinot noir, riesling and now Grüner Veltliner (Grooner-velt-leener). Bracing layers of acidity slice apart the white nectarine, lime and seashell notes of this wine. The signature white of Austria […]

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