Cottier Estate Gladstone Pinot Gris 2013 $17.50 (5 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

The rocky old Ruamahanga River in Gladstone nourishes Cottier Estate’s vineyards and helps them create classically full, generous pinot gris like this.  Pinot gris that’s packed with pear, ripe juicy rose apple, nashi and a squeak of quince all crash across the tastebuds in this beautifully balanced aromatic white. Fat and sassy on the palate, … Read More

Johner Estate Gladstone Viognier 2015 $26 (4.5 stars)

March 30, 2017By Yvonne

One thing I’ve been treating myself to, as my family scoffs its way through our enormous 10+kilo Christmas ham, is some really excellent viognier.  Viognier has the spicy floral aromatics of say, pinot gris, combined with the tropical, toasty richness of chardonnay, which makes it absolutely divine with any type of swine.  This is one … Read More

Gladstone Wairarapa Rosé 2016 $25 (4.5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

I adore the pink diamond-ballet shoe hue of this gorgeous little pinot rose from down Gladstone way and I love its seductive, candied aromas and layers of raspberry, creaming soda and juicy red fruits on the palate.  Boasting classic cherry and berries and cream characters alongside lip-puckering acidity makes this absolutely magical.  Organically produced by … Read More

Urlar Gladstone Noble Riesling 2015

December 11, 2016By Yvonne

When it comes to sweet treats, if you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em.  The organic and biodynamically-produced,  Urlar Noble Riesling 2015 ($30) sings with Manuka honey, tangy nectarine and apple notes.  The acidity is zingy and refreshing, balancing out the intense sweetness of the top notes and making it a superb partner for every possible … Read More