Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017

May 15, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017 $43 Wow.  Wow and triple wow.  If the immense punch of grilled grapefruit, buttered crumpet, and hints of smoked bacon and popcorn doesn’t send you sideways, the powerful, weighty, woof-inducing complexity on the palate definitely will.  Sourced from old vines and matured on its yeast lees in 30% new … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2016

May 7, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2016 $54 As soon as this niceness from North Canterbury nibbles its way up your nostrils, you’ll need to grab hold of a piece of solid furniture to ensure you remain upright enough to put it in your mouth safely.  The wobble factor is a result of the exotically … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

January 13, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $20.99  Get on your skateboard, segway or scooter and shimmy on over to the Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($20.99) to pour with any sort of pan-fried pesce perfection.  Crisp, crunchy, packed with citrus and huge herbaceous notes, this wine is superb to sip with fresh fish.  … Read More

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018

July 10, 2018By Yvonne

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018 If the words ‘crazy whites’ conjures up Trumpy connotations, quickly rejig the phrase to ‘crazy good whites’ and you’ll calmly enter the world of this weeks’ wines… Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Viognier 2015 $48  I first sipped this wine while listening to the album Raising Sand, by Robert … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Sauvignon Semillon 2015 $31 (4.5 stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

This rare-for-here blend is now a North Canterbury icon, and it’s definitely one of those try-before-you-die styles.  Crafted by Mat Donaldson from vines now 30+ yrs old, both the sauvignon blanc and the semillon parcels were fermented with wild yeasts and 15% of the sauvignon went into brand new French oak, while the semillon stayed … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $41 (5stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

If you can catch a whiff of struck match on your first sniff then welcome to the world of sulphide complexity, something I love o see a little bit of in my chardonnay. With smoked pineapple, grapefruit and grilled peach characters zigzagging across the palate and erupting on the finish – it’s a super stylish … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Gewürztraminer 2014

March 31, 2016By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Gewürztraminer 2014 $30 ★★★★★ Wow!  The glittering yellow diamond colour of this wine is quite mesmerizing.  It smells like the most delicious combo of lemon Turkish delight, ginger, rose water, Christmas lilies, toffee, runny honey and spice.  Rich, unctuous, generously fruity and tangy it is too, making this an irresistibly un-put-downable example.

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2013

January 11, 2016By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon 2013 $30 ★★★★★ The Donaldson family in Waipara, North Canterbury, have been crafting this quirky version of sauvignon since AGES ago, and it’s now got something resembling a cult following for its incredibly complex, toasty, tropical and herbaceous flavours.  A splash of semillon imparts a distinct ‘moist hay’ and roasted almond … Read More

Rolling Riesling Day Feb 16th!

January 25, 2013By Yvonne

The 2013 Summer of Riesling kicks off this February and on the 16th, the , to celebrate the good folk at Black Estate, Pegasus Bay and Tongue n Groove Wines are hosting a , “Rolling Riesling Day” at C1 Espresso on the corner of Tuam and High St in Christchurch. Between 11am and 4pm they’ll be pouring … Read More