Main Divide North Canterbury Chardonnay 2020

August 25, 2021By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Chardonnay 2020 $20 Paired with: Roasted cauliflower and Mushroom Risotto with Walnuts and Soft Cheese in dish Magazine Issue 99 It’s the lift of toasty, smoky, nuttiness in the Main Divide North Canterbury Chardonnay 2020 that makes it absolutely roar with the roast cauliflower and walnut flavours in this risotto, while … Read More

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2020

August 23, 2021By Yvonne

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2020 $55 Bright, glossy and golden in the glass, this chardonnay is scented with gunflint, apple, green nectarine and caramelised oak, with a vein of citrus and toast roaring through onto the palate. It’s youthful, frisky and zesty on the palate with a core of spiced peach and buckets … Read More

Black Estate Wild Life Profilo North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019

August 22, 2021By Yvonne

Black Estate Wild Life Profilo North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019 $40 From grapes grown in sandstone and greensand soils in the South-facing block owned by the Naish family’s Netherwood vineyard, this organic, biodynamically grown pinot noir has been fermented and aged in clay amphora vessels. It’s cloudy in the glass due to it being unfined and … Read More

Black Estate Wild Life Winery Block North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2020

August 22, 2021By Yvonne

Black Estate Wild Life Winery Block North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2020 $40 Created from fruit grown organically in clay soils outside the winery in the Naish family’s Netherwood block, it’s fermented wild in an open-top vat before being aged in a clay amphora, this pinot noir has been made with no additives and no sulphur … Read More

Black Estate Wild Life North Canterbury Riesling B 2019

August 19, 2021By Yvonne

Black Estate Wild Life North Canterbury Riesling B 2019 $38 Fans of a funky, feral, orange-style riesling should definitely explore this. Personally, I prefer to see some semblance of classic lime and apple in my rieslings and this organic, biodynamically crafted style really reaches across the other end of the spectrum. Fermented on its skins … Read More

Black Estate Damsteep North Canterbury Riesling 2020

August 19, 2021By Yvonne

Black Estate Damsteep North Canterbury Riesling 2020 $35 Prepare for a rather different experience of riesling right from the get-go in this organic, biodynamically crafted example. For starters, almost half the bunches were foot-stomped in the old fashioned way and left to soak on its skins for 24hrs to add texture, plus it’s unfined and … Read More

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019

August 18, 2021By Yvonne

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019 $75 Established back in 1986, this little vineyard patch is widely believed to be the first hillside planting in all ye olde North Canterbury. Planted on mudstone and Sandstone, hand-harvested and fermented with a yeast starter derived from the vineyard itself, these organic, biodynamically managed grapes are … Read More

Black Estate Damsteep North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019

August 18, 2021By Yvonne

Black Estate Damsteep North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019 $52  Floral floral floral! Crafted from fruit grown in the organic, biodynamically-managed Damsteep vineyard which was established back in 1999 on a patch of sandstone and limestone loveliness in North Canterbury. Winemaker Nicholas Brown opts to kickstart the ferment using the yeasts present in the vineyard canopy … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2018

April 20, 2021By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2018 $52 So exotic and saucy on the nose, it could be the liquid equivalent of a Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B & Nicki Minaj co-ferment (Google them, you’ll understand) Perfumed with rain on moss, old tree trunks, sweet black tea and wild cherry – and the flavours on … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2019

April 10, 2021By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2019 $30 Smell that beeswax character? That’s coming directly from the high proportion of botrytis-infected fruit (the ‘noble’ rot) which adds sweetness and texture to the already ripe, lychee and ginger-soaked sensations present in the gewürztraminer grapes. Slick, smooth, slippery acidity and luscious length of flavour make this a classic. … Read More