Cicada Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2018

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Cicada Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2018 $19.99 I’ve been a huge fan of this wine since I first tasted it back in 2016.  Each vintage since has been slightly different, but this 2018 version is all kinds of crispy-fresh in terms of mouthfeel, loaded with stonefruit, ginger-kissed and crammed with spice, it’s a plush, exotic style with … Read More

Churton The Abyss Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

July 17, 2019By Yvonne

Churton The Abyss Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $75 The Abyss is the highest altitude block of this organic and biodynamic producer in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley.  Backing onto a precipitous cliff, it’s also home to Churton’s oldest vines, which grow bunches exposed to the easterly sun, creating fruit with complexity and coolness.  Hints of musk, wild … Read More

Churton Marlborough Viognier 2016

July 9, 2019By Yvonne

Churton Marlborough Viognier 2016 $37 The thing that winemaker Sam Weaver absolutely nails with this wine, is the acidity.  Viognier is notoriously difficult to achieve freshness and balance in, because its a grape that naturally wants to increase its sugar holdings during ripening and couldn’t give a fig about retaining acidity.  So the trick is … Read More

Mahi Single Vineyard Alchemy Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

July 5, 2019By Yvonne

Mahi Single Vineyard Alchemy Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $39.90 Hands up who loves their chardonnay to unleash smoke signals and roasty, toasty, nutty notes on the nose and palate?  Well this new release from Brian Bicknell and his team at Mahi will have you reaching for superlatives in seconds flat.  Using fruit sourced from a small … Read More

Misty Cove Marlborough Rosé 2019

June 27, 2019By Yvonne

Misty Cove Marlborough Rosé 2019 $22.99 How pretty is this shiny, new, pinot noir-based rosé?  It absolutely pops in the glass and it’s strongly scented with classic raspberry, cherry and strawberry notes and bursts forth all manner of rich, generous, gob-filling gorgeousness in the fruit department.  Fresh, yet densely flavoured and full-bodied, it’s the complete … Read More

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $41.99 This wine is replacing the Rore Reserve Pinot Noir.  The first half went into the market with the Rore Reserve label on it and it won the trophy for Wine of Provenance (the wine that’s the most reflective of its place, its terroir over time) at the … Read More

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $39.99 Planted in December 2010, this vineyard gets a little bit of ‘sandblasting’ and occasional ‘deer damage’ from the wind according to Mondo Kopua, vineyard manager.  The smokiness comes from a full-solids ferment in barrel  50/50 wild + innoculated.  It sits for 10 months in 20% new oak and … Read More

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Riesling 2018

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Riesling 2018 $29.99 3.5g/lRS ph3.0 meaning this is a very decently dry riesling from a ‘select pick’ (where a team will be instructed to only pick the ‘golden’ bunches on one day, then progressively doing that during the vintage.  Green apple, lime, minerality, old world style winemaking used, as in, oxidative … Read More

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $29.99 Under organic trial management for around 5 years, 2ha 3 cane pruned from the Arapoto block.  Hand-picked and offers huge aromatics from a very challenging vintage.  Lemongrass, lemonade, white florals, peachy tones, passionfruit and bruised basil.  Lovely fruit concentration, creamy phenolics and a total joy to drink.  … Read More

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

June 22, 2019By Yvonne

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016 $49 Three years of quiet time in bottle has allowed the subtle spices in this pinot noir to knit together nicely.  Perfumed with baked berries, soft cherry characters, savoury tones and sandalwood, while the palate is slippery and slick.  Ribbon-like as each sip slides down.  A blockbuster is not … Read More