Brightwater Vineyards Te Kāhu Nelson Pinot Noir 2016

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Brightwater Vineyards Te Kāhu Nelson Pinot Noir 2016 $26.99 Three years on from harvest and the wine is taking on a lovely brick-red hue and aromas that lead you down the wild side of the hedge. Named after the native harrier hawk which patrols the vineyards of Gary and Valley Neale, it’s softly savoury and … Read More

Tohu Whenua Matua Nelson Pinot Noir 2017

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Matua Nelson Pinot Noir 2017 $34.99 3 clones of pinot noir abel, 777, 115 are used in the makeup of this wine which has huge aromatics.  Wild red berries, woolly, lanolin, sandalwood, spice, hints of bay, super-fresh acidity and the tannins are stalky and solid.  Warming and smooth, black olive and some soy … Read More

Tohu Whenua Matua Nelson Chardonnay 2017

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Matua Nelson Chardonnay 2017 $34.99 Mostly Mendoza clone fruit (with some clone 15) grown in the upper Moutere valley, handpicked, aromas of soft grapefruit pith, lemon, poached peach and popcorn.  50/50 wild ferment and innocculation creates a wine that’s fresh and attractively structured in the mouth. Boasting zesty acidity, excellent length of flavour … Read More

Tohu Whenua Matua Nelson Alariño 2018

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Matua Nelson Alariño 2018 $29.99 bright white peach and white pepper aromatics, hints of apricot, mid-palate richness and nicely balanced acidity.  Citrus oil notes on the finish (almost viognier-like) – nice minerality and a creamy undertone, high phenolics and fantastic length of flavour.  Albariño has very loose ‘bunch architecture’ which suits Nelson’s humidity. … Read More

Richmond Plains Organic Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017

August 31, 2018By Yvonne

Richmond Plains Organic Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $22 Grown in the gloriously weedy, certified organic vineyard owned and lovingly tended by Lars and Sam Jensen, the Richmond Plains sauvignon is nothing short of a Nelson icon. Aromatically it sings with lemon blossom, red capsicum, sugar snap pea and lime notes.  Racy acidity, boatloads of florals … Read More

Anchorage Nelson Riesling 2015

August 10, 2018By Yvonne

Anchorage Nelson Riesling 2015 $18 This wine is definitely on the dry side.  In fact it’s so dry it’s practically skeletal if you like that sort of thing.  I like the lime intensity on the nose, however the palate is just too mean and skinny for me personally.  If you prefer your rieslings to exfoliate … Read More

Milcrest Estate Nelson Syrah 2014 $40

July 5, 2018By Yvonne

Milcrest Estate Nelson Syrah 2014 $40 Give that glass a good swirl to inject a whoomph (technical term there) of oxygen and warmth into the wine to release the bright boysenberry, intense florals, peppercorn and tobacco characters.  The acidity is juicy-fresh and feisty, the tannins are prickly and chewy and there’s a squeak of smoke … Read More

Kaimira Estate Nelson Syrah 2011 $38 (3.5 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

A highly savoury wine, with aromas of cured meats, black olive and peppercorn dominating the nose and then coursing through onto the palate.  Rooibos tea, dark cocoa and just the most subtle hints of rhubarb and leather also soak through, leaving a richly complex mouthfeel behind.  Mellow and warming on the finish.  Sip with:  Lamb … Read More

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay

May 3, 2016By Yvonne

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $33 ★★★★ Five different clones were hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts and blended to create this buttered-crumpet-smelling chardonnay, which quickly unveils a backbone of grilled nectarine and grapefruit pith alongside deliciously textural, creamy almond characters in the mid palate. It’s a juicy, cheek-puckering style that pretty much makes … Read More

Parusso Dolcetto D’Alba Piani Noce DOC 2013

March 31, 2016By Yvonne

Parusso Dolcetto D’Alba Piani Noce DOC 2013 $32 ★★★★ Spice, spice and more spice is what you’ll get in every mouthful of this tasty Italian stallion.  The Parusso estate is located right at the border between the Castiglion Falletto and Monforte d’Alba appellation of Barolo and Armando Parusso’s son and daughter, Marco and Tiziana Parusso … Read More