Capital Cider Tokyo Rose Nelson Cider 440ml

December 17, 2020By Yvonne

Capital Cider Tokyo Rose Nelson Cider 440ml $8 Hold the phone, stop the car and stone the crows, if the Capital Cider Tokyo Rose ($8) isn’t the most satisfying thing to sip with your next spicy curry, then I’ll eat my shoe. Made with the Japanese Akane apple (otherwise known as Tokyo Rose), this cider … Read More

Middle Earth Pinot Meunier Rosé 2020

December 16, 2020By Yvonne

Middle Earth Pinot Meunier Rosé 2020 $25 Rosé crafted from pinot meunier here in New Zealand is a pretty rare thing, but once people taste this example I’m sure they’ll  put the pressure on for more. Its aromas of wild strawberry and spiced watermelon, creaming soda and red apple all osmose through onto the palate … Read More

Colere Moutere Valley Nelson Pinot Noir 2015

November 25, 2020By Yvonne

Colere Moutere Valley Nelson Pinot Noir 2015 $37 Grown in the rich, Moutere clays, this pinot noir was made by Michael Glover, a winemaker completely devoted to extracting everything good from those special sites in the Nelson region that rock for pinot noir. Organically grown and shepherded into the glass, this wine has a dried … Read More

Colere Hope Valley Nelson Semillon 2016

November 25, 2020By Yvonne

Colere Hope Valley Nelson Semillon 2016 $25 Well if you thought you were in for a smooth and saucy time with this semillon think again because the acidity is bangaranging! Freshly baled hay, dried watercress, smashed lemongrass and peppery perfume on the nose, maturing on the palate into secondary, nutty, smoky notes. Super-dry and funkified … Read More

Middle Earth Nelson Pinot Gris 2020

November 11, 2020By Yvonne

Middle Earth Nelson Pinot Gris 2020 $22  My number-one match for pumpkin soup has always been good pinot gris, and that’s not about to change now that I’ve tasted Middle Earth’s new delish offering. There’s something about the rich, spiced nashi notes and juicy, cleansing, luscious mouthfeel in this wine that makes it perfect with … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Rosé 2020

November 10, 2020By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Rosé 2020 $23  Bright and bursting with banging cherry, raspberry and cranberry characters, this rosé from the sunshine capital of the country is all kinds of ripe and rumpty.  Bold, bouncy and super-fresh, it’s got that pinot noir tension, but also a vibrant, fruit-centric and fun thing to sip. http://www.blackenbrook.co.nz

Blackenbrook Shangri-La Nelson Gewürztraminer 2020

November 10, 2020By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Shangri-La Nelson Gewürztraminer 2020 $23 One Nelsonian name associated with great gewürztraminer is Blackenbrook. It’s like they’ve got lychee and ginger running in their veins – they never seem to turn out anything but sensational styles and this 2020 example is no exception. Fresh, feisty, dry, clean and crunchy textures merge with pure pear, … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Blanc 2020

November 10, 2020By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Blanc 2020 $27 Blackenbrook’s owners Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach are ultra-chuffed to have scooped the trophy for the ‘Other White Wine Varieties’ class at the New Zealand International Wine Show at its recent awards announcement. This is the winery’s second vintage of Pinot Blanc and their pinot blanc’s second trophy in prestigious … Read More

Flaxmore Nelson Pinot Noir 2018

October 2, 2020By Yvonne

Flaxmore Nelson Pinot Noir 2018 $27 Lightly coloured but bright and showing slighty dusty, dried herb notes on the nose which merge with cola and black tea as they lean into the palate. The acidity is upfront and fresh yet the finish has a meaty, savoury character to it. Lightly styled and suited to short … Read More

Flaxmore Nelson Rosé 2019

October 2, 2020By Yvonne

Flaxmore Nelson Rosé 2019 $19.99 Wow! Some more commercial, supermarket-style pinot noir rosés are overly fruity, sweet and lack any sort of tension and tautness. Not this one however.  With a Provençal-like pluckiness, deliciously dry textures and a creaming-soda complexity on the finish. There’s a whiff of wild strawberry and a whomp of quartzy minerality … Read More