Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Arneis 2019

September 21, 2019By Yvonne

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Arneis 2019 $22 Hailing from northern Italy and nicknamed ‘little rascal’ because of it being notoriously tricky to grow, Guillaume Thomas has given it a very happy home in the limestone and clay soils behind the Te Mata Peak range on the way to Waimarama Beach.  Chock full of floral intensity, … Read More

Coopers Creek Select Vineyards Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2015

September 13, 2019By Yvonne

Coopers Creek Select Vineyards Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2015 $23.75 Previously sold under the ‘Metals and Gravels’ label, this 57:43 M & M blend is showing how fantastic 2015 was in Hawke’s Bay for merlot-dominant, Bordeaux-style red wines.  Elegant, statuesque and stacked with buckets of black fruits, masses of Christmas pudding spices and … Read More

Sacred Hill Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

September 11, 2019By Yvonne

Sacred Hill Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 $25 Sourced from their ‘Riflemans’ vineyard (which is fast becoming known as a national treasure) this new chardonnay ticks all the boxes for fruit weight, bright acidity, caramelised, coconutty oak and citrus complexity in the mid-palate and finish.  It’s richly structured, toasty and shows a whisker of … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

September 4, 2019By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 $24.95 If you’re a fan of butter, cashews, cashew butter and all manner of buttery toasty things, then this new release will have you spreading the love.  Ripe stonefruit notes merge with said roasty, nutty, buttery layers and build a smooth, peachy finish and generally give you a … Read More

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2016

August 21, 2019By Yvonne

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2016 $22 This is a wine that really benefits from some ‘swirl-time’ in the glass.  It may appear a tad closed when first poured, but lordy be, y the time you get to the second half of the glass, she’s a disco queen.  Dried herbs, baked cherry, all manner of … Read More

Hancock & Sons Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

August 20, 2019By Yvonne

Hancock & Sons Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 $29.50 From John Hancock and his son Willy, comes this deliciously drinkable blend of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon that shows blueberry, blackberry, boysenberry, in fact, everything berry in the glass and apart from the bottle itself looking like absolute money on the table, this … Read More

Pask Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

July 30, 2019By Yvonne

Pask Gimblet Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $18 If this wine was a person it’d be Sergeant Pepper!! If it were fizzy it’d be Dr Pepper and if it were a British cartoon character, it’d be Pepper Pig – I think you dig. Classic, peppery pepperiness on the nose of this Gimblett Gravels goodie. Violet … Read More

Pask Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2018

July 30, 2019By Yvonne

Pask Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2018 $18 With its attractive aromas of peach jam on a buttered crumpet, this shiny new chardonnay from the team at Pask is bound to be a big hit.  Not hugely toasty, just a sliver of sawdust amongst the buckets of citrus and stonefruit makes this nutty glass of niceness really … Read More

Te Awanga Estate The Loom Hawke’s Bay Reserve Chardonnay 2018

July 30, 2019By Yvonne

Te Awanga Estate The Loom Hawke’s Bay Reserve Chardonnay 2018 $34 Glossy, golden and going gangbusters on the pineapple and peach front, this Rod McDonald creation just powers across the palate leaving a comets tail of caramelised spices, buttered crumpet crumbs, grapefruit zest and tropical tastiness abound.  It’s silky, succulent and seriously sexy to sip. … Read More

Petane Station Single Vineyard Edelzwicker 2019

July 27, 2019By Yvonne

Petane Station Esk Valley Single Vineyard Edelzwicker 2019 $30 Edelzwicker wine is essentially made from white grapes which are harvested and fermented together. It’s all a bit loose and there are no set rules with what grapes can be used and those grapes can also be made into wine separately and then blended together.  Historically, … Read More