Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019

July 2, 2020By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019 $20.90 Paired with Sticky braised chicken with star anise, ginger and chilli in Issue 92 of dish Magazine The Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2019 ($20.90) is the knees of the bees with this spice-heavy, sticky-braised bird and you need to try it tout suite! Perfumed with lanolin, ginger, … Read More

Scout Glasnevin Waipara Riesling 2019

June 30, 2020By Yvonne

Scout Glasnevin Waipara Riesling 2019 $30 Don’t let the ultra-soft, delicate, lemony aromatics fool you because as soon as this hits your palate it’s like biting into a spanky-fresh Braeburn apple with that twang of bitterness from the skin snaking across the juiciness in the mid-palate and a hit of honeysuckle reignites the varietal character.  … Read More

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

June 30, 2020By Yvonne

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $41.99 Paired in dish magazine Summer 2020 Barbequed beer-can chicken Ahoy chardonnay squealers!  You’re gonna be wanting to know about the groovy and gorgeously tasty Black Estate Home North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 ($41.99) because it’s finger-lickin’ with this chicken. The style oozes grilled citrus, layers of caramelised, spicy … Read More

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2016

April 18, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2016 $100 Mat Donaldson only makes a Prima Donna when the fruit is absolutely exceptional, which is good from a ‘guarantee of quality’ perspective, but it really gets up the goats of those wine aficionados with OCD who want nice, consistent vintage dates in their cellar collections.  The … Read More

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017

March 22, 2020By Yvonne

Black Estate Netherwood North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $75 When I say this pinot noir brings the funk, I don’t mean the kind of funk occurring in the ‘used mats’ bin down the local Bikram studio, I mean freshly-turned-earth funky, old, seasoned leather funky, wild cherries and spiced rhubarb funky.  Unfined and unfiltered, it’s cloudiness … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2018

March 12, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2018 $44 The vines that pump out the fruit from which this chardonnay is crafted are over 30 years old.  Now that might not seem that old, but if you think about New Zealand’s modern wine industry really only kicking off in the late 1980’s, and even then, the nation … Read More

Black Estate Damsteep North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017

January 31, 2020By Yvonne

Black Estate Damsteep North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $45 Get ready to get swept into a vortex of Chinese herbal tea, hedgerow fruits, seasoned leather and wild cherry characters on the nose and in this very nicely structured, organically grown pinot noir, there is an exotic intensity that rolls through to the palate.  It literally … Read More

Pegasus Bay Aged Release Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2009

January 27, 2020By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Aged Release Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2009 $40 The clever kids at Pegasus Bay had the foresight to squirrel away a stash of their sought-after pinot noir a decade ago in order to show us what its really capable of.  I love the juicy cherry and redcurrant characters, the evolvement of the spices, … Read More

Black Estate Dam Steep North Canterbury Riesling 2018

January 5, 2020By Yvonne

Black Estate Dam Steep North Canterbury Riesling 2018 $30 Deep clay and limestone soils are responsible for turning out certified organic riesling that’s both clean yet rich and creamy to consume.  Golden in the glass and perfumed with baked apple, manuka honey and citrus notes, it’s a beautifully balanced, fresh and crunchy, characterful riesling that … Read More

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