I taste the 2018 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection

August 26, 2021By Yvonne

It’s one heck of an exciting feeling cracking open the box containing the newest Gimblett Gravels selection wines. Twelve of the greatest red wines to come from New Zealand’s most famous red wine region, selected independently by Andrew Caillard MW. They’re also selected from a talent pool consisting of dozens of hopefuls from dozens of … Read More

Villa Maria Earth Garden Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2020

March 14, 2021By Yvonne

Villa Maria Earth Garden Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2020 $19.99 This certified organic, 100% merlot rosé is part of a new, environmentally conscious range of wines designed to meet the global demands for more fully-sustainable wine. It’s also designed to be darn tasty and they’ve succeeded in that. If you’re seeking out a sweet lolly-like rosé … Read More

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

January 23, 2021By Yvonne

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $25 Sourced from fruit grown in the Wairau Valley, this is a sauvignon that’ll soothe the throat and clear the nose in majestic fashion. No joke. It’s an ultra-concentrated, herbaceously heaving example that will wow the crowds. Pungent basil, passionfruit, lime, peach and a plethora of grassy goodness … Read More

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

January 5, 2021By Yvonne

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 $29 So beautifully balanced it’s like a ballerina tiptoeing in pointe shoes across your tongue on a tightrope. Aromatically it delivers fresh nashi and yellow plum perfume in spades, while the cleansing, juicy, white nectarine notes wash soothingly over the palate and leave a lengthy, textural … Read More

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

December 31, 2020By Yvonne

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019 $49.99 The excellent thing about Villa Maria having multiple sites in Marlborough from which to source pinot noir from, is that when it comes to crafting the ‘Reserve’, those soils really are their oyster. The best rows from the best blocks are chosen and made as individual wines … Read More

Villa Maria Braided Gravels Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2019

April 19, 2020By Yvonne

Villa Maria Braided Gravels Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2019 $29 Reviewed in dish Magazine July/Aug 2020 and paired with Chicken, leek and thyme pie Hand on heart, if you do not do everything you can to nab yourself a bottle of the Villa Maria Braided Gravels Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2019 ($29) to sip and swirl with … Read More

Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 announced

June 10, 2019By Yvonne

Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 announced Congratulations to Pietro Aloisi from Ake Ake who became the Bayer Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year 2019 on Friday 7 June. Aloisi grew up in Italy but is now a New Zealand resident arriving here over seven years ago.  He has been working in the … Read More

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gisborne Albarino 2015

May 5, 2016By Yvonne

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gisborne Albariño 2015 $17.99 ★★★★ I really like this wine because it’s bracingly fresh and shows classic white flesh peach, nectarine and lemony characters alongside a squeak of apricot stone, crushed shells, hints of salt and has a vibrant, racy finish. Very tangy and fresh and has a long, mineral-edged finish. … Read More

Northern Hemisphere Niceness

September 26, 2015By Yvonne

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 26 Sep 2015 There’s a place in Italy called Salento.  It’s located in the Puglia peninsula region of southern Italy, the one that looks like the heel of a boot, and it’s exceptionally good at growing a red grape that I’m fast becoming a serious fan of.  That grape is … Read More

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2014

September 14, 2015By Yvonne

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2014 $24 ★★★★ Grenache is super-rare in this country, and Villa Maria have just one solitary hectare of vines planted smack bang in the middle of New Zealand’s most prestigious red wine region.  This is also the only New Zealand grenache made on it’s own, not blended with … Read More