Misha’s Vineyard Lyric Central Otago Riesling 2016

January 12, 2020By Yvonne

Misha’s Vineyard Lyric Central Otago Riesling 2016 $28 Harvested on April 20th 2016, 86% of this blend of 3 different clones went directly into into stainless steel and the remainder into older French oak barrels to add a hint of flint, smoke and minerality to the wine. Intensely dry, cleansing, zingy and bursting with green … Read More

Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Central Otago Riesling 2016

January 12, 2020By Yvonne

Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Central Otago Riesling 2016 $28 This gorgeous drop was named in the exclusive ’60 Fine Wines of New Zealand’ list for Air NZ Business Class and was one of only four rieslings to feature, so it’s easy to see why Andy and Misha Wilkinson are fizzing. The Limelight is a consummate performer, … 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

Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling 2014

July 6, 2019By Yvonne

Brown Brothers Patricia Noble King Valley Riesling 2014 $27 Even if you were somehow blind to the bling on the label (gold medals for Africa here) you’d know as soon as you took your first sip of the Brown Brothers Patricia Noble King Valley Riesling 2014 ($27) that it is astonishingly tasty.  That’s because for … Read More

Ellero Pisa Terrace Central Otago Riesling 2015

June 27, 2019By Yvonne

Ellero Pisa Terrace Central Otago Riesling 2015 $25 Gleaned from the last letters of Californian’s-cum-Central Otagians, Roberta Manell Montero and John Montero, Ellero is a 16ha operation in the Pisa Terrace sub-region, an area famed for injecting intense minerality and character into every grape grown there. This riesling has soaked up all that and more. … Read More

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Riesling 2018

June 24, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Riesling 2018 $29.99 3.5g/lRS ph3.0 meaning this is a very decently dry riesling from a ‘select pick’ (where a team will be instructed to only pick the ‘golden’ bunches on one day, then progressively doing that during the vintage.  Green apple, lime, minerality, old world style winemaking used, as in, oxidative … Read More

Mischief Waipara Riesling 2018

June 11, 2019By Yvonne

Mischief Waipara Riesling 2018 $22 If that’s not masses of mandarin and apricot leaping out of the glass and up your nostrils, then I’ll swallow a screwcap. The steampunk-attired, frisky fantail on the label stands atop a lemon tree and beside a buzzy bee, which is a dead giveaway for the fact that this riesling … Read More

Torlesse Waipara Riesling 2016

March 22, 2019By Yvonne

Torlesse Waipara Riesling 2016 $20 I was really hoping for better with this riesling, having had some lovely experiences with previous vintages.  However there’s something slightly soapy and flat on the nose of the 2016, and on the palate it lacks freshness and a sense of clean fruit.  It’s unfortunately a little murky on the … Read More

Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011

March 21, 2019By Yvonne

Greywacke Late Harvest Marlborough Riesling 2011 $38 Holy toffee apples, Batman!  Carefully crafted by the legendary Kevin Judd, this little bottle of liquid indulgence has all the wicked sweetness of a sneaky dollar lolly mixture stashed under your pillow to nibble on when your mum’s not looking.  Hints of beeswax and spice on the nose … Read More

The Writer’s Block Waitaki Valley Riesling 2018

February 19, 2019By Yvonne

The Writer’s Block Waitaki Valley Riesling 2018 $29 Produced by Brendan Seal at his Urbn Winery in central Dunedin from fruit sourced from stunning vineyards in the Waitaki Valley in North Otago.  The climate there is so extreme that grapes struggle along, pouring all their energy into tiny, flavour-packed nuggets of niceness.  The result is a … Read More