Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Marlborough Rosé 2019

December 23, 2019By Yvonne

Two Rivers Isle of Beauty Marlborough Rosé 2019 $24 David Clouston spent a lot of time learning the art of winemaking on the jawdroppingly gorgeous, French island of Corsica in the Mediterranean.  It’s also the place where he became more than mildly obsessed with rosé.  Adopting the Provençal ideal of blending many different grape varieties … Read More

Wild Waves Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

December 20, 2019By Yvonne

Wild Waves Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $21 Soft herbal notes, lemon zest and passionfruit and lime – that’s what you’re going to get in this wine.  Texturally it’s a slippery number, ticks boxes, won’t rock the world, but gives refreshment and quench to your palate.  Chill it right down and serve it with fish and … Read More

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

December 9, 2019By Yvonne

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $23 If you were an invader from outer space holding a deadly piece of artillery to my face and demanding to be told what was the best sauvignon blanc in the country in 5 seconds or be incinerated – (hey, far-fetched, but freakier things have happened at sea) – … Read More

Opawa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

December 3, 2019By Yvonne

Opawa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $20 Named after the Opawa River whose flow shaped the vineyard soil profile (and a local, native wetland area), the team at Nautilus Wines (led by Brett Birmingham) have designed this range of wines to bring real personality and value to lovers of Marlborough wines.  Being part of the AMW … Read More

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Albariño 2019

December 2, 2019By Yvonne

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Albariño 2019 ($29) Paired with Gazpacho by Annabel Langbein Canvas Dec 7th 2019 One of the greatest food and wine combos to ever occur is that of this superlatively lovely Spanish soup and a sip or seven of Spain’s signature white wine, albariño.  Happily, Clive Jones and his scarily talented team in … Read More

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