Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018

January 9, 2020By Yvonne

Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018 $50 The black tea and cherry notes on the nose dish out an exotic hit of aromatic intrigue that’s fresh, floral and flirtatious.  Highly savoury and showing good tension linking the spice, acidity, alcohol and tannins.  Warming and deeply flavoured, it’s a style that happily drinks now, but … Read More

Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

January 9, 2020By Yvonne

Pyramid Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $40 I love the unusually floral nose, lavender and fennel merge with hallmark peach and citrus pith layers that break in waves across the palate.  Supported by a seriously acid-forged spine and edged with smoke, it’s also slightly cloudy, hazy in the glass due to not being conventionally filtered … Read More

Black Estate Dam Steep North Canterbury Riesling 2018

January 5, 2020By Yvonne

Black Estate Dam Steep North Canterbury Riesling 2018 $30 Deep clay and limestone soils are responsible for turning out certified organic riesling that’s both clean yet rich and creamy to consume.  Golden in the glass and perfumed with baked apple, manuka honey and citrus notes, it’s a beautifully balanced, fresh and crunchy, characterful riesling that … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017

November 11, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017 ($30) Ginger Pork and Peanut Stir Fry – paired in CANVAS Nov 16 2019 I’m a sucker for bold, ballsy, aromatic white wines with any dishes where fresh ginger is the hero, which is why the shiny, new Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017 ($30) perfectly shivers my timbers … Read More

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

November 11, 2019By Yvonne

Paired in dish magazine Summer 2020 Barbequed beer-can chicken Ahoy chardonnay squealers!  You’re gonna be wanting to know about the groovy and gorgeously tasty Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 ($41.99) because it’s finger-lickin’ with this chicken. The style oozes grilled citrus, layers of caramelised, spicy oak, creamy complexity and has a long, elegant, … Read More

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $45 Mushroom Paté – matched in dish magazine Summer 2020 You don’t have to say mushroom paté twice to get me opening a bottle of the Black Estate Home North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 ($45).  With 75% whole berries in the 100% wild ferment (kickstarted in the … Read More

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017

October 3, 2019By Yvonne

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $21.99   I first tasted this wine in April 2018 and upon recently re-tasting it, I had to adjust my notes because it’s maturing into something rather sensational.  Bright crimson in the glass and bursting with redcurrant, wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry notes on the nose and palate, … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2018

August 26, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2018 $20 Crafted from fruit picked ‘late’ so that the natural sugars accumulate to form a rich, honeyed, poached pear-packed style of pinot gris that also carries a hint of spritz on the finish.  It’s a style that shows a squeak of smoke, and dried herbs alongside classic roast … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2019

August 26, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $20 This is a juicy, lemony lick around the chops for anyone partial to punchy, tropical tastiness in their sauvignon.  Made by the team at Pegasus Bay, they’ve captured the Southern love in a classic, passionfruity, punch in the glass.  Crisp, uncomplicated, easy to sip sauvignon that’ll please … Read More

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $42 The Home Vineyard sits 6 kilometres north east of the Waipara Junction, in the Omihi sub-district of North Canterbury’s Waipara Valley. The un-grafted, Mendoza-clone chardonnay vines this wine was made from were planted in 1994 and since 2010 have been grown using organic and biodynamic practices, resulting … Read More