Aurum Organic Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017

November 12, 2019By Yvonne

Aurum Organic Central Otago Pinot Gris 2017 $28 Gorgeous fresh-cut apple, pear and quince and strudel notes, it has richness and weight and general all-round deliciousness, so punchy and rich and powerful. Peach, perky perfection. LOVE it!! Here’s something you can announce in front of your friends as you pour this wine. “The soils in … 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

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

Churton The Abyss Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

July 17, 2019By Yvonne

Churton The Abyss Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $75 The Abyss is the highest altitude block of this organic and biodynamic producer in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley.  Backing onto a precipitous cliff, it’s also home to Churton’s oldest vines, which grow bunches exposed to the easterly sun, creating fruit with complexity and coolness.  Hints of musk, wild … Read More

Churton Marlborough Viognier 2016

July 9, 2019By Yvonne

Churton Marlborough Viognier 2016 $37 The thing that winemaker Sam Weaver absolutely nails with this wine, is the acidity.  Viognier is notoriously difficult to achieve freshness and balance in, because its a grape that naturally wants to increase its sugar holdings during ripening and couldn’t give a fig about retaining acidity.  So the trick is … Read More

Seresin Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016

June 13, 2019By Yvonne

Seresin Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016 $24 100% organic, this gris has had a couple of quiet, sleepy years in the bottle to integrate the baked apple and poached quince characters alongside the deeply fragrant spices, layers of caramelisation and on the finish, it’s boasting bracing acidity and a firm spine.  It has fantastic persistence on … Read More

Windrush Empire Marlborough Chardonnay 2018 $25

January 12, 2019By Yvonne

I was listening to “Jitterbug” by WHAM! when I first tasted this chardonnay by Callum Linklater and it definitely did make me want to do a happy dance. Bright, shiny and lighter, white-fruited style, chablis-like with a hint of funk and frisk. Nice texture and length. Dry and citrus-driven with a lick of white pepper … 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

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

June 26, 2017By Yvonne

This is about as natural as it gets for gewurztraminer production. Nicola and Geoff Wright are organic pioneers in Gisborne and alongside not adding any herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, they’re also not adding any yeast, opting instead for wild, ‘natural’ yeasts to conduct the ferment. This results in a funkier, dryer style, laced with lychee … Read More

Wrights Gisborne Chardonnay 2015 $28

June 26, 2017By Yvonne

Crafted by organic pioneers Geoff and Nicola Wright from fruit grown in their Manutuke and Ormond vineyards, this is a different style of chardonnay in that its scented with green apple, lime and hints of nashi amongst the more signature peach, nougat and grapefruit. There’s a smidge of roasty, toasty oak, a whiff of smoke … Read More