Grava Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015 $45 (4.5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Wow! How intense is the fruit in this wine? Chock full of baked cherry, blackened berries, sweet, dark cocoa and baking spices, this little lovely from Lake Ferry Road has it all. Tiny amounts are made by Alastair Gardner and his wife Karla Falloon from grapes grown in deep gravel soils (hence ‘grava’), which provides … Read More

Decibel Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015 $40 (3.5stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Daniel Brennan is serious talent where winemaking is concerned, a young up-and-comer from the US carving a kiwi living creating wine in Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough.  It’s his background in the rock n roll business that’s responsible for the name Decibel, but this pinot noir is cool and calm in the background as opposed to … Read More

Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2015

April 19, 2016By Yvonne

Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2015 $30 ★★★½ It’s been an age since I’ve tasted Roger Parkinson’s chardonnays from his Nga Waka label, so it’s a great thing to get amongst his new releases.  The 2015 estate is a tangy, linear yet altogether luscious wine that’s golden in the glass and offers creamy, spicy, roast peach … Read More

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

March 31, 2016By Yvonne

Ma Maison Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014 $38 ★★★★ Ed Leung is a well-respected, Wellington-based dentist and his wife Marjory spent 30+ years in the banking industry, however they shared an all-consuming devotion to pinot noir, which despite all attempts, they could not shake. So today they grow their own, and with the help of winemaker … Read More

Palliser Martinborough Riesling 2015

March 21, 2016By Yvonne

Palliser Martinborough Riesling 2015 $22 ★★★★½ Allan Johnson has been the Chief Winemaker at Palliser since 1991 and since then he’s helped load over 80 gold medals into their trophy cabinet.  And luckily for us, riesling is one of the things he does best.  The word here is purity.  It’s all about pristine, clean, white … Read More

Meandering Through Martinborough’s Vineyards

March 9, 2015By Yvonne

Back in January my husband and I were lucky enough to attend the 10th Annual Martinborough Meandering Vineyard Lunch. This is a coup because tickets tend to disappear with alarming speed as soon as the date is announced. Why? Because it’s one of the best darn wine events this side of the Ruamahanga River that’s … Read More

“…and then one time, at Wine Camp…”

November 13, 2014By Yvonne

If you’re an aspiring hospitality professional with a hankering to upskill your wine knowledge, by far the best way to do that is by getting down and dirty in the vineyard and winery. There’s no better, faster, more authentic way to learn how this magical beverage is made, than by immersing yourself in the process, … Read More

An Escarpment Escapade…

March 20, 2012By Yvonne

One of my biggest fears when I first started judging at wine shows was that I’d have to sit next to a famous wine person and be expected to converse in a clever and intellectual manner.  So when Larry McKenna himself sidled up as I stood at the bain marie attempting to grab a greasy … Read More

Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2009

August 14, 2011By Yvonne

Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay 2009 $24  Classic, old-school in style with classy citrus pith and toasty oak fleshed out with creamy, brulee and bran-muffin characters along with a sneaky sliver of peach and nectarine running through it.  Excellent length of flavour just makes it all the more stunning.  Buy from select liquor stores or online … Read More