Brookfields Reserve Vintage 2019 Cabernet Merlot 2015

November 11, 2019By Yvonne

Steak sandwiches – paired in dish Summer 2020 If you are paying strict attention to the condition of your steaks for these sandwiches, you’d want to have a darn lovely red wine to nuzzle alongside them, right?  That’s where the Brookfields Reserve Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Merlot 2015 ($59) sneaks up and snares you from the … Read More

Vidal Soler Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

November 11, 2019By Yvonne

Quick seafood stew – matched in dish Magazine 2019 Straight away I’m hurling myself toward a ripe, rumpty, roasty, toasty, slightly smoky chardonnay to chip away at whilst sampling this sensational stew.  The Vidal Soler Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 ($34.99) has a rich, smoky tone layered with citrus and caramelized spices, a heavyweight amongst its … Read More

Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Blistered Bread Beans and Haloumi with Tzatziki Well hang my knickers on the line and call me KZ7.  If the combination of these blistered beans and the mind-bendingly tasty Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 ($19) doesn’t have you sailing into the stratosphere then I don’t know what will.  Crisp nashi, quince and … Read More

Pask Instinct Bud Burst Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Grilled Fish with Caper and Red Onion dressing – dish magazine summer 2020 Righto.  Get your skates on to secure yourself a bottle of the new Pask Instinct Bud Burst Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($16.95) immediately.  Sauvignon blanc with fish is a no-brainer, however the piquancy of the red onion and caper dressing means you … Read More

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019 $20 If you closed your eyes in the moment you lift the glass to your nose, you’d almost smell the Mediterranean Sea.  A hint of crushed oyster shells, splashed with watermelon, raspberry and the juice of wild cherries blended with pink peppercorns assails the senses.  Grown by … Read More

Redmetal ‘The Merlot’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2000

November 1, 2019By Yvonne

Redmetal ‘The Merlot’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2000 $40 (sold out) Closing in on twenty years old, this merlot from the iron-rich, red-metal gravels of Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa Triangle district is heading into its twilight years.  I remember tasting this wine WAY back in 2004 and it was just a perky little puppy, it’s feet … Read More

Redmetal Erinview Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Franc 2007

November 1, 2019By Yvonne

Redmetal Erinview Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Franc 2007 $soldout Twelve years.  Twelve years is clearly the magic number for this wine.  Crafted by Grant Edmonds from fruit sourced from the long-ago sold Erinview vineyard, this merlot-dominant dominatrix is clad in leather and scented with berries and spice and is long and leggy and darn … Read More

Watermark Herringbone Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017

October 31, 2019By Yvonne

Watermark Herringbone Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2017$28 Stop. Look left. Look right. Look over your shoulder and make sure no one is watching you sip and grin because they’re going to want a piece of the action and believe me – you will be wanting to keep this puppy all to yourself! We have been waiting, … Read More

Te Mata Estate Bullnose Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

October 16, 2019By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Bullnose Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $66 Shiny new and showing gorgeously lifted colour, and aromas of plum, mulberry, hedgerow fruits, green peppercorn and peppery spices, violets and the character of freshly-tilled soil and has incredible minerality.

Te Mata Estate Alma Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2018

October 16, 2019By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Alma Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2018 $60 Ultra-bright and bouncing with broody cherry and mulberry fruit, it’s fresh, vibrant and showing great depth and developing character.  The fruit appears ripe and yet shows restraint and the tannins have good cling and I feel they’ll integrate further with the fruit over time.  Savoury … Read More