Anchorage Family Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2021

September 22, 2021By Yvonne

Anchorage Family Estate Nelson Pinot Gris 2021 $17 Eyepoppingly pretty, diamond-bright and flecked with white gold, this shiny, new example of Nelsonian niceness is an exotically proportioned, nashi and apple strudel-spiced thing of beauty. It’s bodacious, luscious and laced with a ribbon of natural sweetness which accentuates the apple and nutmeg notes on the finish … Read More

Brightwater Vineyard Nelson Chardonnay 2020

September 14, 2021By Yvonne

Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Chardonnay 2020 $27 Lifted and lemony on the nose, this elegantly styled new release from one of our long-time WineFriend loves, is edged with roast cashews and nougat niceness. There’s a lick of smoke, an edge of grilled nectarine and a lush, peachy palate. Great late afternoon sip. Brightwater Vineyards

Middle Earth Nelson Viognier 2020

July 18, 2021By Yvonne

Middle Earth Nelson Viognier 2020 $24.99 Well butter my crust and call me crazy if this isnt just the freshest, friskiest, zestiest viognier I’ve seen in aeons. Nelson has again proved that it’s an aristocrat where producing aromatic wines is concerned. Scented with classic apricot, jasmine and honeysuckle while in the mouth it does a … Read More

Moutere Hills Sarau Reserve Chardonnay 2018

April 13, 2021By Yvonne

Moutere Hills Sarau Reserve Chardonnay 2018 $55 Nelson chardonnay is oft overshadowed by the big names from the likes of Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne – but I tell you what, if more people get their chops around chardonnay like this, then Nelson will storm the stage. The Sarau Reserve is Moutere Hills flagship wine, made … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2020

April 12, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2020 $28 If you thought Pinot Gris was a snore-fest then prepare to have your brain blown up by this deliciously dry, mineral-saturated, nashi-induced bottle of niceness. Clean, lean, quartz and laced with lemon pith, nutmeg, apple and pear-packed – this is a gris that’ll gently exfoliate your palate in spectacular … Read More

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Noir 2019

April 6, 2021By Yvonne

Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Noir 2019 $29 Matched with: Moroccan Lamb Meatball Pockets Annabel Langbein CANVAS in http://www.nzherald.co.nz on Sat April 10th 2021 The super-approachable Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Noir 2019 ($29) hails from vines growing in Moutere clay soils near the sun-soaked Tasman Village.  Saturated with spices, wild cherry, and sarsaparilla, it has oodles of earthy tones and … Read More

Ruby Bay Nelson Syrah 2019

March 24, 2021By Yvonne

Ruby Bay Nelson Syrah 2019 $39.99 Huge pepper on the nose and some good floral notes but the acidity is very high and a touch thin, however that may smooth out over time. It definitely opens up and softens slightly in the glass after a few good swirls. Very pretty garnet colour and fine-grained tannins.  … Read More

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir 2019

March 17, 2021By Yvonne

Te Mania Nelson Pinot Noir 2019 $27 Fresh as a daisy and stacked with spice, the acidity is super-youthful yet pushes redcurrant, cherry and tangy tamarillo to the fore. Certified organic, it’s a style that demands a large, swirlable glass to soften it out and plump it up, and once that oxygen takes hold it … Read More

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