Askerne Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon, Sauvignon Gris, Semillon 2018

September 13, 2020By Yvonne

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon, Sauvignon Gris, Semillon 2018 $23.90 Fish Tacos with tomatillo and avocado sauce Hands down the best thing you can possibly sip with these seriously spicy fish tacos, is the Askerne Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon, Sauvignon Gris, Semillon 2018 ($23.90) It’s heaving with herbaceousness, lemongrass, white pepper and tarragon-infused terrificness. Sauvignon gris is … Read More

Unison Bumble Bee Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019

September 13, 2020By Yvonne

Unison Bumble Bee Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 $24 Paired with :Crispy spiced onion fritter burgers with mango chutney in Dish Magazine Issue 93 No question, the best possible thing to put in your mouth after these superb burgers, is the Unison Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 ($24).  It’s a dry-styled pinot gris with buckets … Read More

Zaria Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

September 12, 2020By Yvonne

Zaria Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $30 Winemaker Bryce Edmonds has crafted this chardonnay from hand-picked, Mendoza-clone fruit that was whole-bunch pressed into 33% new oak and the lees were regularly stirred for 10 months to inject creamy complexity. The aromatics scream roast peach and pineapple, while hints of brulee and nougat also sneak through on … Read More

Hunting Lodge Tennessee Red Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2019

August 31, 2020By Yvonne

Hunting Lodge Project X Tennessee Red Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2019 $36 Well yippee ki yay, if it isn’t the deepest, darkest, inkiest red to hit my stirrups in ages.  The Project X is big, bold and muscular in all the right places, supersized into the realms of smoke and vanilla from being aged in … Read More

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Arneis 2020

August 18, 2020By Yvonne

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Arneis 2020 $22 Guillaume Thomas has been crafting some of the best local Arneis I’ve ever tasted, and clearly this Italian variety (nicknamed Little Rascal due to its fussy, tricky nature) thrives in the lime and clay soils of his tiny vineyard on the Waimarama Road.  Crammed with creamy nectarine, peach … Read More

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2018

August 9, 2020By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2018 $150 THE TECHNICAL: This is the new vintage release of one of New Zealand’s most sought-after syrah’s.  Produced only in years when the fruit is exceptional, the 2018 Homage was crafted from 99.6% syrah and 0.4% viognier hand-harvested from three different Gimblett Gravels sites including 70% Gimblett Estate, 19% Tin … Read More

Tiki Koro Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

July 20, 2020By Yvonne

Tiki Koro Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $34.99 Crafted by Evan Ward, this is the signature chardonnay by the team at Tiki Wines is fermented in 55% new French oak barrels before going through a full malolactic ferment to increase the creamy, nutty complexity and then a ten-month maturation period injects more toasty, smoky textures in … Read More

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

July 20, 2020By Yvonne

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $24.99 If you’re looking for seriously juicy chardonnay that powers pineapple, peach, citrus oils and a luscious lick of spicy, caramelised oak across your olfactories, then this is the business.  Beautifully balanced, deliciously smoky (from a full barrel ferment) and showing a raft of fresh, tropical, terrificness, cleansing … Read More

Hills & Rivers Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

July 17, 2020By Yvonne

Hills & Rivers Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $18.99 Well if it doesn’t just look like spun gold in the glass right?  This shiny-new release from the folk at Ash Ridge wines has well and truly James Brown’ed it and got on the good foot with grilled grapefruit, punchy, ripe peach and lemon zest zappiness.  Clearly … Read More

Brookfields Ohiti Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

July 15, 2020By Yvonne

Brookfields Ohiti Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 $20 If I were going to choose the most exciting cabernet sauvignon wines from New Zealand that swing in for $20, then the Ohiti Estate from Brookfields would be right up there.  Bold, plummy, bursting with earthy, roasting pan meatiness and showing a plumpness on the finish … Read More