Tinpot Hut Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2017

Tinpot Hut Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2017 $28  Winemaker Fiona Turner has worked her magic on this stylishly sticky, sweet wine that carries candied citrus, toffee apple and heavenly honey notes on the nose and palate.  Fresh and flirtatious, it’s seriously sweet, yet finely tuned and beautifully balanced.  Great stuff! www.tinpothut.co.nz

Caythorpe Family Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Caythorpe Family Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $24.99  From the Bishell family farm comes a shiny new vintage of pinot noir that definitely leans on the lighter side of the fence.  Scented with raspberry, cranberry, strawberry and pretty much every other red fruit imaginable, this wine shows softness, silkiness and a dangerously easy, eensy-weensy-spicy finish. […]

Windrush Empire Marlborough Chardonnay 2018 $25

I was listening to “Jitterbug” by WHAM! when I first tasted this chardonnay by Callum Linklater and it definitely did make me want to do a happy dance. Bright, shiny and lighter, white-fruited style, chablis-like with a hint of funk and frisk. Nice texture and length. Dry and citrus-driven with a lick of white pepper […]

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Rock Ferry 3rd Rock Marlborough Chardonnay 2015

Rock Ferry 3rd Rock Marlborough Chardonnay 2015 $32  If your tastes in chardonnay lean along the nutty, buttered crumpet and biscuity end of the spectrum, then you’ll be loving this nougat-infused number.  It’s stitched together with some solid citrus, so freshness is definitely the underlying factor here – however there’s a lovely complexing, caramelised note […]

Churton Marlborough Petit Manseng 2016

Churton Marlborough Petit Manseng 2016 $49  Incredibly rare in New Zealand, Petit Manseng is grown primarily in Jurancon, in the Southwest of France, however the Weaver family are now growing teensy, tiny amounts in their biodynamic vineyard at Churton, in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley.  It produces an intensely delicious, greengage plum and toffee-topped wine which bursts […]

Music Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $16

Music Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017 $16  Here’s a crispy, crunchy little quaffer which shows all the hallmarks of good gris, ie. pear, apple, quince and some spice.  It’s not a complicated wine, simple and sippable.

Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $35 I’m a huge fan of this style of sauvignon blanc. I love that a ‘paper nautilus’ is only released when the fruit is exceptional (and 2016 was a rip roarer of a vintage) and I love that it’s been fermented in just one, single, old French […]

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014v While I’m pretty sure the 2018 is out in the market now, there’s still a fair bit of the 2017 lurking around, so I thought I’d taste it again.  While the aromas are quite attractive (think bruised basil, capsicum, passionfruit, peach) – the palate is all a bit meh.  There’s […]

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018 $17.99 No surprises as to why this wine is one of the biggest supermarket favourites in the country.  Aromas wise it ticks all the boxes.  Pear – yes.  Apple – yes.  Nashi – yes.  Quince – sort of.  On the palate there’s upfront sweetness, with a soft, white pepper […]

Framingham F-Series Marlborough Montepulciano Rosé 2018

Framingham F-Series Marlborough Montepulciano Rosé 2018 $34.99  It’s great to see rosé from Marlborough being constructed from a variety other than pinot noir, and if anyone’s going to get the best from southern-grown montepulciano, then it’s the folk from Framingham.  Perfumed with strawberry, creaming soda, and a hint of peppercorn, it has fleshy, plush textures […]

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