Nockies Palette Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $36 (5stars)

Nockies Palette Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $36 (5stars) Butterscotch alert!  I love the classic roasty, toasty, buttered crumpet character in this wine.  Those flavours merge with grilled grapefruit, pineapple, a whiff of smoked stonefruit and spice.  The acidity is fresh and frisky and absolutely forces the flavour to extremes.  I love the complexity of this […]

Sign up for this incredible Vintage 2000 Kiwi vs Bordeaux Tasting!

Hosted by Geoff KellyTHE 2000 VINTAGE IN BORDEAUX,  HAWKES BAY … AND NEARBY … Date:  Friday 15 June,  2018,  6:30pm start Place:  Kidnappers Cliffs Room,  Te Awa Winery,  2375 State Highway 50 Cost:  $85 per person Bookings:  www.fawc.co.nz Limit:  19-only places Contact person at Te Awa Winery:  Lisa Chambers,  mobile 027 910 0019,  email: lisac@teawa.com Booking Conditions / Waiting-LIst:  There are no refunds […]

Sacred Hill Helmsman Cabernet Merlot Franc 2015 $80 (5 stars)

My first taste of this wine was a few years before the millennium and back then I was told the name represented something that led the way that stood ahead of the pack and steered you in the right direction. This new vintage lives up to its reputation for focus and drive. A Helmsman is […]

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Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $56

Prepare for heaping wads of hazelnut, citrus pith, white peach and nutmeg on the nose followed by gorgeous, grapefruit, smoked pineapple and waves of juiciness which flow constantly across the palate.  Crafted from old vine, dry farmed, Mendoza-clone chardonnay from a vineyard named after Brick Gunn, champion NZ Skeet Shooter, this wine is beautifully balanced […]

Crafters Union Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $21 ★★★½

Ultra-pretty and bright like a pink diamond in the glass and shows fresh watermelon, light raspberry and soft peppercorn characters in the glass.  Here’s a dry, crisp and refined Rosé that’ll have you singing in the summer in seconds flat. Sip with old fashioned curried sausages – yum! Available in supermarkets nationwide

Redmetal Vineyards Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $20 ★★★½

Intense blueberry and bay leaf aromatics, stacks of peppercorn, cocoa and plummy notes.  Warming and velvety in the mouth – plump and saucy yet elegantly poised.  Baking spices and smoky, nutty notes on the finish.  Give it a few minutes to open up in the glass and you’ll be rewarded for sure. www.redmetalvineyards.co.nz

Brookfields Hawke’s Bay Bergman Chardonnay 2015 $20 ★★★★

Peter Robertson has owned Brookfields since the 1970’s so he’s seen a thing or two in the evolution of chardonnay.  He’s also decided that good, old fashioned creamy, tropical and citrus fruit is what makes it magical.  Taking its name from the Bergman roses which sit at the end of every row, this chardonnay is […]

De La Terre Hawke’s Bay Barbera 2014 $43 ★★★★½

‘De La Terre’ means ‘of the earth’, which fits as they have New Zealand’s only earth brick winery building up on the Taihape Road. ‘They’ are Tony and Kaye Prichard, who’ve been working on their own label following Tony’s departure from Church Road a little over a decade ago. Barbera is super-rare and the Prichard’s […]

Sacred Hill HALO Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2014 $28 (4.5 stars)

Holy hand harvest batman! What a wine!  It’s tricky to even start explaining how glorious this wine smells – but I’ll do my best for you.  Vanilla, soft boysenberry, cocoa, caramelised walnuts and smoked plums – how does that sound?  To drink, it’s fresh, vibrant, woven together with muscular tannins and extended with a marathon-like […]

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