House of Ball Waipara Pinot Noir 2014

House of Ball Waipara Pinot Noir 2014 $41  Crafted by the husband and wife team of Julian and Lynda Ball, just 200 bottles were made of this bright, spicy, classic North Canterbury pinot noir.  Most of it is soaked up by their lucky B&B Guests, but if you contact them quick you could be in […]

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017 $32  House of Ball is a vineyard and luxury B&B property owned by Julian and Lynda Ball on Mackenzies Road in North Canterbury.  Lynda is the instigator of rosé because she was a fan of the style and wanted one of her own.  Julian, good man, obliged and […]

House of Ball Waipara Grüner Veltliner 2016 $29

Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented with wild yeasts, just 470 bottles were made of this Austrian white variety that also has no free sulphur and is unfined and unfiltered, so expect a teensy haze in the bottle when pouring.   Funky and frisky, manuka honey and beeswax combine with summer wildflowers, lemon pith and all manner of […]

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018 If the words ‘crazy whites’ conjures up Trumpy connotations, quickly rejig the phrase to ‘crazy good whites’ and you’ll calmly enter the world of this weeks’ wines… Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Viognier 2015 $48  I first sipped this wine while listening to the album Raising Sand, by Robert […]

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016

Tiki Estate Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $14.99 (2.5 stars) There’s a brisk burst of beeswax and manuka honey on the nose and palate indicating some botrytis infection in the wine, but that adds complexity to the wine.  Dry and spicy, it boasts the ususal suspects of pear and quince, but fails to deliver generosity in the […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Sauvignon Semillon 2015 $31 (4.5 stars)

This rare-for-here blend is now a North Canterbury icon, and it’s definitely one of those try-before-you-die styles.  Crafted by Mat Donaldson from vines now 30+ yrs old, both the sauvignon blanc and the semillon parcels were fermented with wild yeasts and 15% of the sauvignon went into brand new French oak, while the semillon stayed […]

Greystone Waipara Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $22 (4.5stars)

100% of the sauvignon blanc juice was fermented in French oak before a smidge (10%) was put through a malolactic ferment to add a creamy, textural layer.  After maturation in barrel for another  months before being bottled back in December, you’d expect this sauvignon to be seriously toasty.  However it’s remarkably herbaceous, floral and fresh, […]

The Boneline Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $23 (4 stars)

The Tutton family are deeply connected to the Waipara River which runs through their property and has, over the years, offered up a smorgasbord of fossils. The Riverbone has a Megalodon tooth on the label, a tooth as big as owner Vic Tutton’s hand “It’s so lovely with perfect striations down each side of the […]

Silver Wing Nada Reserve Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $38 (3.5 stars)

Think you’ve tasted every kind of chardonnay?  Well this’ll have you scratching your head while nodding at the same time.  This wine is called NADA because of what it doesn’t contain and that’s absolutely no preservatives (sulphites) or any other chemical additions were used by winemaker Andrew Fox in this chardonnay.  Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed […]

Pegasus Bay Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $41 (5stars)

If you can catch a whiff of struck match on your first sniff then welcome to the world of sulphide complexity, something I love o see a little bit of in my chardonnay. With smoked pineapple, grapefruit and grilled peach characters zigzagging across the palate and erupting on the finish – it’s a super stylish […]

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