Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017

November 11, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017 ($30) Ginger Pork and Peanut Stir Fry – paired in CANVAS Nov 16 2019 I’m a sucker for bold, ballsy, aromatic white wines with any dishes where fresh ginger is the hero, which is why the shiny, new Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer 2017 ($30) perfectly shivers my timbers … Read More

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $45 Mushroom Paté – matched in dish magazine Summer 2020 You don’t have to say mushroom paté twice to get me opening a bottle of the Black Estate Home North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 ($45).  With 75% whole berries in the 100% wild ferment (kickstarted in the … Read More

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017

October 3, 2019By Yvonne

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $21.99   I first tasted this wine in April 2018 and upon recently re-tasting it, I had to adjust my notes because it’s maturing into something rather sensational.  Bright crimson in the glass and bursting with redcurrant, wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry notes on the nose and palate, … Read More

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2015

July 17, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2015 $95 From the second the first whiff of cocoa-covered cherries, black tea, wild berries, truffle and spice assail your nostrils, you know there’s no escape from its clutches.  It’s a dense, deliciously structured, statuesque example of what Waipara is capable of.  So lush, plush and poised, it’s … Read More

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017

June 11, 2019By Yvonne

Lamb and Chorizo Sausage Plait (dish Aug Sept 2019) A fruit-forward, soft, plush pinot noir is exactly what this spicy, family-sized sausage roll.  The Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 ($28) ticks all those boxes and more.  Ripe cherry, raspberry and even a tiny squeak of beetroot all erupt from the glass and the flavours are … Read More

Mischief Waipara Pinot Gris 2018

June 11, 2019By Yvonne

Mischief Waipara Pinot Gris 2018 $22 Like a sensory cirque de soleil, this gris has impeccable balance, poise, bounce and bravery – just like the previous vintage but betterer. Some natural sweetness accentuates the nashi and apple notes on the nose and palate, yet the acidity is brisk and bracing, injecting delicious minerality into the … 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

Main Divide Pokiri Reserve North Canterbury Late Picked Pinot Gris 2014

June 11, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide Pokiri Reserve North Canterbury Late Picked Pinot Gris 2014 $24.99 If you’re looking for indulgence on a 750ml scale, then you’ve come to the right cul-de-sac.  With it’s intense, rose-gold colour, it looks like money in the glass and the nose explodes with toasty toffee, musky spices and baked stonefruit.  Caramel and butterscotch … Read More

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017

June 5, 2019By Yvonne

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 $28 The Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 ticks all the boxes for plushness, fruit-forwardness and is one of those wines that’ll inject life into any occasion.  Ripe cherry, raspberry and even a tiny squeak of beetroot all erupt from the glass and the flavours are soft, easy, plump and gentle … Read More

Main Divide Canterbury Merlot Cabernet 2017

May 28, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide Canterbury Merlot Cabernet 2017 $18 If you’re a fan of berries and spice and all things nice, then this ripe and rumpty blend from the talented folk at Pegasus Bay will be right up your cul de sac.  Brightly fruited on the nose and edged with a lick of leather and Christmas pudding … Read More