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

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015

July 6, 2019By Yvonne

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $12 Here’s where you need to get your thoughts away from the words ‘sauvignon blanc’ and think about it more as being a white wine made in a reduced, funky style, that’ll definitely spark debate if you took it along to a blind tasting.  A splash of viognier … Read More

Saorsa Cornerstone Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2016

June 16, 2019By Yvonne

Saorsa Cornerstone Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2016 $30 Pronounced “Sore-Sha”, the name Saorsa is a Scottish Gaelic word that not only means but also represents a radical sense of freedom, liberty and salvation according to owner Alex Hendry, one of Hawke’s Bay’s most exciting and ‘one-to-watch’ winemakers.  Crafting just viognier and syrah, his 2016 vintage … Read More

Petane Station Tracks Block Viognier 2018

April 27, 2019By Yvonne

Petane Station Tracks Block Viognier 2018 $30 Viognier (pronounced Vee Yon Yay) is one of my favourite things. Like clean, sunshine-dried sheets and emails from work saying “you’ve been paid”. It’s a scary, lots-can-go-wrong grape, yet Philip Barber appears to have some sort of shamanistic supremacy over this site, because the resulting wine is crunchy-fresh … Read More

Moulin de Gassac Viognier 2017 $22

January 10, 2019By Yvonne

Classic fresh-cut apricot aromatics, white nectarine, ripe peach and white pepper and loads of character coming through in this wine from southern France, an area extending from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains and the border with Spain, which is now part of Occitani. The length of flavour is outstanding – clean, fresh and frolicksome.

Moulin de Gassac Pont De Gassac Blanc 2017 $36

January 10, 2019By Yvonne

Looking for something lipsmackingly dry, apple-driven and crunchy-fresh?  Then you’ve come to the correct cul de sac in the Moulin de Gassac.  A blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and a squeak of Terret and Viognier from the village of Villeveyracin the Thau Lagoon area of the Languedoc – it’s like a charge of … Read More

Johner Estate Gladstone Viognier 2015 $26 (4.5 stars)

March 30, 2017By Yvonne

One thing I’ve been treating myself to, as my family scoffs its way through our enormous 10+kilo Christmas ham, is some really excellent viognier.  Viognier has the spicy floral aromatics of say, pinot gris, combined with the tropical, toasty richness of chardonnay, which makes it absolutely divine with any type of swine.  This is one … Read More

Element Gimblett Gravels Viognier 2015 $25 (4 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

I LOVE the nose of this wine – it seduced me right from the first sip with its exotic orange zest, jasmine, citrus oil and classic caramelised complexity.  It’s my favourite style, all rich, cuddly and luxuriously spicy and ready to morph into a meal in itself.  But if you insist on pairing it with … Read More

Gladstone Estate Wairarapa Viognier 2016 $25 (5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

Hands down, this is one of my favourite drinks of the season.  Owner-slash-winemaker Christine Kernohan has done it again with this fresh, intensely floral viognier that just screams spiced citrus, jasmine and classic apricot kernel characters in every mouthful.  Luxuriously tropical, it also hits that sweet spot of beautifully balanced, zingy acidity that so many … Read More

Wine column for week beginning Saturday 4th Feb 2017

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

It was 1999.  I was earning $11 an hour working at Havelock North Wines & Spirits and I was in my first year of studying wine.  I was extremely nerdy about it, never content to be one of those “C’s get degrees” folk.  I wanted to ace that course, to soak up as much knowledge … Read More