Kaimira Estate Nelson Syrah 2011 $38 (3.5 stars)

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 […]

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay

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 […]

Parusso Dolcetto D’Alba Piani Noce DOC 2013

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 […]

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Pinot Noir 2013

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Pinot Noir 2013 $42 ★★★★½ Nelson produces some of the best pinot noir in the country and this is a great example of why.  I love the aromas of tea, baked strawberries, cherries and all manner of earthy-sweet smokiness.  ‘Mahana’ means ‘warm’ in Maori and there’s definitely smoothness and warmth […]

Kaimira Estate Nelson ‘Iti’ Brightwater Riesling 2015

Kaimira Estate Nelson ‘Iti’ Brightwater Riesling 2015 $21 ★★★½ “Iti” indicates something ‘small’ in Maori, and the Kaimira team have used the word to reflect the positively petite alcohol level of just 10% in this wine.  Exhuberant, punchy and packed with lemon, lime, mandarin and crunchy apple characters – there’s nothing ‘iti’ about the flavours […]

Seifried Nelson Zweigelt 2014

Seifried Nelson Zweigelt 2014 ★★★½ Zweigelt is rare and rather crazy red wine that was purpose-built (although for what purpose is unclear) in 1922 by Austrian viticulture professor Fritz Zweigelt, from a crafty cross-dressing of It was a crossing of St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch.  Now while you’re still silently mouthing how to say the latter, […]

Seifried Nelson Syrah 2014

Seifried Nelson Syrah 2014 $22 ★★★½  Bright peppery aromatics, fresh plum and hints of dark cherry merge with a faint medicinal hit on the nose.  Punchy and vibrantly structured in the mouth, it’s a talented teenager ready to hit his straps.  Spicy, lively and could actually give some of the Hawke’s Bay syrah’s a run for […]

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Riesling 2014

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Riesling 2014 $30 ★★★★ Arriving in a slimline, classic germanic blue-green bottle, this ultra-pure, intense lime and crabapple-scented riesling has a steely dry, lip smacking texture and a finely-tuned, length finish.  Just the faintest seam of honeysuckle adds complexity and juiciness.  Great drinking now but give it another 2-3 years […]

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Mahana Clays and Gravels Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $25 ★★★★ Previously known as ‘Woollaston Estate’, this is sauvignon blanc made ‘off road’ in that it’s about as far removed from the clean, green, crispy-clean style that New Zealand is famous for.   Ripe fruit was fermented on its skins (to extract chew and astringency for texture), […]

Kina Cliffs Nelson Pinot Noir 2013

Kina Cliffs Nelson Pinot Noir 2013 $30 ★★★★ The instant I stuck my nose inside the glass, I was met with a whoomph of cherry-chocolate, smoked coconut, dried herb and peppery plushness.  It’s been sixteen years since Julie and Alistair Ashcroft purchased their 4.5 hectare block overlooking Tasman Bay and twelve years since the vines […]

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