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

RM Wines One Off Gisborne Marsanne Viognier 2015

December 11, 2016By Yvonne

It’s not often we see a local interpretation of this famously versatile Rhone-style blend.  Pretty and golden in the glass and bursting with fig, flint, smoky stonefruit and smashed stones.  In the mouth there’s a lovely layer of citrus and white peach, just-ripe apricot and oh-so-subtle honeyed notes.  It’s a deliciously dry yet generously proportioned … Read More

Millton Les Arbres Clos de Ste Anne Gisborne Viognier 2013

February 25, 2015By Yvonne

Millton Les Arbres Clos de Ste Anne Gisborne Viognier 2013 $60 ★★★★★ Make no mistake; this is a wine you must try before you die. If you’re looking for the epitome of what can be achieved with viognier in this country then this is it. Deeply golden in the glass, this viognier socks you with … Read More

Mead and Millton

February 25, 2015By Yvonne

I’d like to start this column with a pun. It’s one of a collection of puns that won comedian David Kearse (a ‘Kearse on humanity’ as he calls himself) the Rubber Chicken award for Britain’s Top Pun Artist at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival held last week. It goes “Marvin Gaye kept a sheep in my … Read More

Church Road Reserve Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2010

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

Church Road Reserve Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2010 $40  I love the essence of orange oil, quince and wild flowers on the nose and the immediate burst of mandarin, apricot and soft spices in the mouth. Its lusciousness and mid-palate texture is absolutely divine and it’s a superb example of the style.  One glass is just … Read More

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Viognier 2010

November 14, 2011By Yvonne

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Viognier 2010 $14  Textbook viognier aromatics here – orange oil, apricot and mandarin peel, while in the mouth it’s ripe, rich and boasts a lush, oily finish.  It’s an in-your-face style with warming alcohol and good length of flavour – and is a great partner with sweet and sour … Read More

Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2010

September 21, 2011By Yvonne

Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2010 $28  Scented with yellow plum, orange oil and frangipane.  In the mouth it boasts citrus pith and musky, mid-palate seductiveness.  Topped off with tangy, warming length of flavour and a nicely balanced 13.5% alcohol, this is definitely a drinkable example that works beautifully with apricot and sage-stuffed pork roast.  www.millton.co.nz   Millton … Read More

Millton Clos de Ste. Anne Les Arbes Gisborne Viognier 2009

July 20, 2011By Yvonne

Millton Clos de Ste. Anne Les Arbes Gisborne Viognier 2009 $58   Yes it’s pricey but it’s oh so nicey!  Mandarin and tangelo notes with classic apricot kernel and cheek-tingling texture and orange oil unctuosity.  Delicious stuff from one of this country’s viognier pioneers, plus it’s organic and biodynamically produced so no doubt you’ll have … Read More

Radio NZ National Wine Recommendations 4th November 2011

July 15, 2011By Yvonne

Spent a superb couple of days in Marlborough last weekend at the bi-annual Marlborough Wine Weekend celebrations where wine fans like me got the chance to immerse ourselves in very focused, specialised tastings of different styles and wines from various sub-regions in some absolutely spectacular locations.  It’s a great way to see how diverse our … Read More