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

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $19.99

June 26, 2017By Yvonne

Certified organic chardonnay here from Geoff and Nicola Wright, chardonnay that has a distinct ‘struck match’ aroma, smoky, flinty layers that once pushed through, give way to a ripe, rich, viscose palate packed with peach, caramelised, toasty characters, butterscotch and nutty notes on the finish. It’s a complex little chardonnay with bright acidity and a … Read More

Bernard Schurr Organic Cote du Rhone Villages 2014 $30 ★★★½

April 6, 2017By Yvonne

Bernard Schurr’s wines are now made at his friend Laurent Delaunay’s estate, Domaine de Lambisque, in the northern reaches of the Cotes du Rhone appellation.  This softly spiced, earthy red is a blend of 50:50 Grenache and Syrah, aged for 9 months in large, seasoned oak vessels.  It’s got a lovely forest-floor character alongside fragrant, … Read More

Seresin OSIP Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $24 (3.5 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

Named after an ‘extraordinary’ family relative of Seresin’s founder Michael Seresin, the OSIP wines are the result of a decade-long project to remove additions in the winery.  Winemaker Clive Dougall has used wild yeasts, and absolutely no sulphur or other non-naturals have been added.  Seresin have been producing certified organic and biodynamically grown wines since … Read More