Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $24 ★★★★½ I love the aroma of butterscotch, creamy peaches, buttered crumpets and on the palate expect exactly the same but followed by smooth, smoky notes, creamy citrus and gently tropical flavours that wash across a long, persistent finish.  It’s a satisfying, old-school style.

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2015

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2015 $24 ★★★★½ I love the heady quince, spiced apple and peach custard aromas, while in the mouth the wine has a sexy, creamy dryness.  There’s a lovely rich, yet chalky texture to this wine and it’s all wrapped up in a long, full, finish.  Clean, satisfying and […]

Wearable Arts, William Shatner and a Rhone from Home…

Your own WOW Factor Last week I wrote about the commemorative Wearable Arts Awards bottles of new Brancott Estate wines that were now available. This week I’ve stumbled across a never-done-before Wearable Arts crowd-sourced experiment spearheaded by designer extraordinaire David Trubridge. Supported by WOW sponsors Brancott Estate, Trubridge is working on a ‘mystery wearable artwork’ […]

Under $25 Treats…

Like most people who enjoy a glass of wine or two on a daily basis, I really have to watch my wallet when it comes to buying bottles during the week.  $15 is my ballpark budget most days, but when the weekend rolls around I can always find an excuse to squeeze an extra ten […]

Mills Reef Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2011

      Mills Reef Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2011 $18 ★★★★ This is an absolute plum and spice fest in a glass.  Loaded with bright berry fruit and yet it’s also very smooth, chocolatey, with a hint of liquorice which is followed by a warming, meaty mouthfeel. Great value.

Sauvignon Fans Ahoy!

If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week or so would you have missed the news that The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 by Marisco Vineyards won the International Trophy for ‘Best in Show Sauvignon Blanc Under £10’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London.  This is good news for two reasons, […]

Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec 2009

Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec 2009 $24  A Gimblett Gravels wine already with a gold medal from the San Francisco Wine Show under its belt, it’s a lovely wine which will definitely appeal to anyone who loves ripe, sweetly exotic black fruits, anise, mace and soft peppery perfume in their reds.  This wine got the […]

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