Saorsa Cornerstone Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2016

June 16, 2019By Yvonne

Saorsa Cornerstone Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2016 $30 Pronounced “Sore-Sha”, the name Saorsa is a Scottish Gaelic word that not only means but also represents a radical sense of freedom, liberty and salvation according to owner Alex Hendry, one of Hawke’s Bay’s most exciting and ‘one-to-watch’ winemakers.  Crafting just viognier and syrah, his 2016 vintage … Read More

Alpha Domus Special Reserve ‘The Aviator’ Hawke’s Bay 2016

May 25, 2019By Yvonne

Alpha Domus Special Reserve ‘The Aviator’ Hawke’s Bay 2016 $69 This is the flagship Bordeaux blend for the Alpha Domus team led by winemaker Barry Riwai, and this vintage is a blend dominated by cabernet sauvignon that’s boosted by cabernet frand, merlot and malbec from the famous, iron-rich, red gravels of the Bridge Pa Triangle … Read More

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2018

April 28, 2019By Yvonne

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2018 $30 Golden and glossy in the glass and one swirl will reveal exotic aromas of ginger, rose water, white pepper, guava and a hunt of musk. To drink, it has a splash of natural sweetness, yet it’s crisp and juicy, not blowsy and broad – like a lot of … Read More

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

April 28, 2019By Yvonne

Petane Station Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $30 If you’re not familiar with the eye-rollingly lovely ‘petrichor’ perfume, then stick your nose deep into a glass of this shiny new syrah from one of Hawke’s Bay’s brightest producers and relish that rain-on-hot-asphalt aroma. Boosted with black currant, bay leaf, violets and a smorgasbord of savory layers … Read More

Petane Station Tracks Block Viognier 2018

April 27, 2019By Yvonne

Petane Station Tracks Block Viognier 2018 $30 Viognier (pronounced Vee Yon Yay) is one of my favourite things. Like clean, sunshine-dried sheets and emails from work saying “you’ve been paid”. It’s a scary, lots-can-go-wrong grape, yet Philip Barber appears to have some sort of shamanistic supremacy over this site, because the resulting wine is crunchy-fresh … Read More

Petane Station Puriri Block Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

April 27, 2019By Yvonne

Petane Station Puriri Block Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 You know how when you watch a ballerina perform the five foot positions, it’s hypnotic, captivating.  Every time, the dancer delivers elegance, elongation, delicacy, and interest. That’s what this chardonnay brings to your brain and senses. Perfumed with white nectarine, cashew butter and toasted crumpets, then delivering … Read More

Saint Clair Origin Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2017

April 26, 2019By Yvonne

Saint Clair Origin Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2017 $22 Kick off your shoes, put your MC Hammer pants on and do a happy dance. This juicy, Gimblett Gravels-grown merlot is seriously floral on the nose and resplendent (now that’s a word) with raspberry, liquorice, spiced plum, and chocolate layers’ that lead to a long, fresh finish. … Read More

Mills Reef Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

April 24, 2019By Yvonne

Mills Reef Estate Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $19 Bright and floral and fanging with violets and cherry and all sorts of spices on the nose, this fresh and feisty syrah has ripe plum, raspberry and cranberry characters on the palate.  The tannins are easy, elastic and ever-so-powdery, plus there’s a softness on the finish.  Superb … Read More

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

March 30, 2019By Yvonne

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $27 This tiny estate located out Eskdale-way, manages to turn out pinot gris that’s consistently mammoth in the personality-stakes. With its new vintage offering a creamy, apple pie and cashew character on the nose, followed by a poached quince and roast pear punch on the … Read More

Master of Ceremonies MC Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

March 15, 2019By Yvonne

Master of Ceremonies MC Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018 $19 While it looks like it’ll be a sweetie in the glass, you’ll find your Hawke’s Bay-grown goblet of goodness has a dollop of dryness, a kick of pepper and buckets of spice on the finish.  It’s got some tannic texture in the mouth and make sure … Read More