Pencarrow Martinborough Chardonnay 2019

April 13, 2021By Yvonne

Pencarrow Martinborough Chardonnay 2019 $23 Palliser Estate’s Pencarrow wines are named in honour of the stories of the famous lighthouse at the entrance to Wellington harbour. This chardonnay acknowledges the heroic Mary Jane Bennet, who single-handedly raised 5 children and took on the vital role of Pencarrow Lighthouse keeper when her husband died in 1855. … Read More

Ashwell Martinborough Chardonnay 2019

March 17, 2021By Yvonne

Ashwell Martinborough Chardonnay 2019 $28 If you’re looking for a lemony, citrus-forward, mineral-edged chardonnay instead of a fruit salady, buttery, oak-bomb then you’ve come to the right campsite. Clean, focused, lighter-styled and showing that rain-on-hot-rocks character that works itself into a slight saline character. It’s Chablis-like in its citrus dimensions and acidity. Tip: Be careful … Read More

Palliser Estate Martinborough Chardonnay 2019

March 13, 2021By Yvonne

Palliser Estate Martinborough Chardonnay 2019 $39 Perfumed with roasted almond, grilled peach, caramelised, spicy oak and buttered cinnamon toast, it’ s an extremely juicy, satisfying, creamy-textured and beautifully built chardonnay that boasts cheek-slappingly vibrant acidity and seductive, perfectly prickly textures. It’s ballerina-balanced and shows delicious tension and excitement. Stunning stuff. http://www.palliser.co.nz

On Giants’ Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay 2018

October 7, 2020By Yvonne

On Giants’ Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay 2018 $40 Hands up if you just feel like sipping on a slippery, softly-styled, elegant-as-all-getout chardonnay that doesn’t leave you scraping the sawdust and butterscotch out of your mouth after every sip? This 2018 vintage from Braden and Gabrielle Crosby’s tiny, non-irrigated vineyard in Martinborough is wild-fermented, supremely smooth, styled … Read More

Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2019

September 14, 2020By Yvonne

Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2019 $59 Paired with: Greens Ricotta and mushroom pizza in Issue 93 Dish Magazine While it might sound weird pairing a glass of red wine with a pizza loaded with greens, just bear with, because the Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2019 ($59) is just the most delicious thing with … Read More

Drummond Farm Back Block Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017

August 18, 2020By Yvonne

Drummond Farm Back Block Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 $29 Bricky-red in the glass, this 3yo pinot noir is cantering along nicely.  Showing layers of savoury spices, freshly-turned earth, smoked rhubarb, wild strawberries, redcurrant and there’s even a slight creamy complexity underlying the spices.   Unfined, unfiltered and crafted with minimal sulphur additions, it’s a rumpty, robust … Read More

Drummond Farm Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

August 18, 2020By Yvonne

Drummond Farm Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018 $31 Just a baby, this pinot noir crafted by Alex Muir, is dedicated to his Dad “for all the words of wisdom and reassuring arm over the shoulder moments”. He’s two rows of each clone planted and co-fermented them together to create a signature style from their land.  Plump … Read More

Drummond Farm Back Block Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018

August 18, 2020By Yvonne

Drummond Farm Back Block Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018 $29 Alex Muir has crafted an unfined, unfiltered pinot noir with only the bare minimum of sulphur added from his Back Block vineyard and it’ll definitely appeal to those who like their pinot light and spicy.  Its a softly-styled example with a slightly funky vein running through … Read More

Drummond Farm Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017

August 18, 2020By Yvonne

Drummond Farm Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 $31 I really love how on the label of this bottle it says very succinctly “harvested in 2017, matured in barrel until 2018 and finally bottled in July 2018”.  It gives you a quick scan of how their winemaking season runs for pinot noir. Unfined and unfiltered, with only … Read More

Drummond Farm Martinborough Pinot Gris 2018

August 17, 2020By Yvonne

Drummond Farm Martinborough Pinot Gris 2018 $24 Alex Muir and Leah Creaven are the forces behind Martinborough’s newest splash in the wine pond and they’re determined to educate people that it’s what’s NOT in the bottle that makes it distinctive.  Produced at a positively demure 9.5% alcohol and showing clean, lightly-styled, apple and greengage plum … Read More