Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

November 11, 2019By Yvonne

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 ($29) Pad Thai Noodles paired in CANVAS Sat Nov 16 2019 If the winemaking team knew just how good the Nautilus Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 ($29) was with Pad Thai, they’d be off down the local BYO pretty much every lunchtime.  Clean, mineral-driven aromas, with a squeak of … Read More

Pyramid Valley Marlborough Chardonnahy 2018

November 11, 2019By Yvonne

Paired with this recipe from dish magazine Summer 2020 Crayfish Grilled with Miso Butter, Spring Onions, Sesame Seeds and Coriander I cannot even express to you the joy that envelops me every time I’m lucky enough to eat fresh crayfish.  Fresh crayfish with a glass of taut, robust, citrus-centric and toasty chardonnay puts me in … Read More

Opawa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Stop. Drop. And roll a bottle of Opawa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 ($21) into your fridge, because you are gonna want to dish this out pronto when the cheese and crackers are dropped on the table.  Rich, yet refreshingly structured with apple, nashi and white pepper perkiness, this pinot gris has got “summer crowd-pleaser written … Read More

Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $17 Leek and Greens Frittata (dish magazine Feb Mar 2020) Reading the list of ingredients alone (leek, turmeric, coriander, cumin, chard, spinach, kale, lemon, mint, parsley, dill and shallots etc…) had me instantly reaching for a bottle of Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($17) Why?  Because it has … Read More

Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Pink Pinot 2019

October 9, 2019By Yvonne

Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Pink Pinot 2019 $25 If your recent rosé experiences have been a tad lacklustre, and you’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places, then PINK is here to help.  Bish, bolshy, bold and with meat on its bones, PINK is made from 100% Pinot Noir from Lawson’s Chaytors Road … Read More

Blank Canvas Escaroth Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

September 22, 2019By Yvonne

Blank Canvas Escaroth Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $49 Here’s a wine showing total class and elegance and you should own it immediately because that’s you in a nutshell right?  Grown by Andy and Kyna Laurie, in their dry-farmed, north-facing Taylor Pass vineyard (named after the fictional lake town where the elves in The Hobbit sourced … Read More

Sacred Hill Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

September 2, 2019By Yvonne

Sacred Hill Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 $27.99 Brand new from one of New Zealand’s best-loved brands, is this ‘single vineyard’ range which includes chardonnay and syrah to join this little lovely.  This pinot noir is juicy juicy juicy.  And despite its relatively pale colour, it heaves with cherry, wild raspberry and red fruit … Read More

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018

August 20, 2019By Yvonne

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 $29.99 Subtle yet wild-at-heart aromas of cherry and baked raspberry leap out of the glass and in the mouth it’s got that ‘young wine’ friskiness that comes with high acidity – yet there’s an underlying savouriness and structure that supports the ability to age.  But right now it’s a … Read More

Hunter’s Offshoot Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

August 5, 2019By Yvonne

Hunter’s Offshoot Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $34.90 I’m LOVING the new Hunter’s Offshoot Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 ($34.90) because with its 100% barrel fermentation in 40% new and 60% 2yo French oak barrels, 20% malolactic fermentation and 12 months’ barrel ageing, is just an exquisite thing to sip.  Fresh peach, pineapple and brioche flavours burst from the … Read More

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