Petane Station Esk Valley Chardonnay 2016 $30 (5 stars)

Philip Barber is a serious winemaking talent to watch if you’re a chardonnay fan.  With the ability to source fruit grown in the seashell-strewn soils of Esk Valley, thrust upwards after the 1931 Napier earthquake, his wines show incredibly complex minerality, texture and even a hint of delicious salinity.  I love the aromas of grilled […]

Yvonne Lorkin Wine Column for week beginning Sat 27 Jan 2018

I’ve made a horrifying discovery in recent months.  Actually it’s more like I’m making a horrifying admission.  To set the scene I’ll admit that I’m still old-school in that I write most of my wine tasting notes by hand, in a notebook.  Then I type them up and post them on my website or pop […]

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