Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017

May 15, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Chardonnay 2017 $43 Wow.  Wow and triple wow.  If the immense punch of grilled grapefruit, buttered crumpet, and hints of smoked bacon and popcorn doesn’t send you sideways, the powerful, weighty, woof-inducing complexity on the palate definitely will.  Sourced from old vines and matured on its yeast lees in 30% new … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2016

May 7, 2019By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2016 $54 As soon as this niceness from North Canterbury nibbles its way up your nostrils, you’ll need to grab hold of a piece of solid furniture to ensure you remain upright enough to put it in your mouth safely.  The wobble factor is a result of the exotically … Read More

Saving Grace Waipara Chardonnay 2018

April 26, 2019By Yvonne

Saving Grace Waipara Chardonnay 2018 $27 This chardonnay is grown under the shadow of the Nor’West Arch in a spot sheltered by the Teviotdale hills.  Classic North Canterbury chardonnay here, with peachy, brulee and cashew characters on the nose and palate and a lingering, creamy mouthfeel. You won’t see much of it about as it’s … Read More

Torlesse Waipara Riesling 2016

March 22, 2019By Yvonne

Torlesse Waipara Riesling 2016 $20 I was really hoping for better with this riesling, having had some lovely experiences with previous vintages.  However there’s something slightly soapy and flat on the nose of the 2016, and on the palate it lacks freshness and a sense of clean fruit.  It’s unfortunately a little murky on the … Read More

Silver Wing Preservative Free Waipara Pet-Nat 2018

February 27, 2019By Yvonne

Silver Wing Preservative Free Waipara Pet-Nat 2018 $30 Fashioned in the ancient pétillant-naturel or méthode ancestrale way of allowing the still-fermenting wine to finish itself off (minds out of the gutter people!) inside the bottle, this blend of hand-picked syrah and pinot noir from Waipara has been fermented ‘wild’, in barrel with native yeasts and … Read More

Silver Wing Preservative Free Waipara Sauvignon Semillon 2018

February 27, 2019By Yvonne

Silver Wing Preservative Free Waipara Sauvignon Semillon 2018 $30 Crafted from a blend of 90% sauvignon blanc and 10% semillon from winemaker Andrew Fox’s Stephenson’s Block that’d been soaked overnight on its skins, this wine was fermented in a 675 litre ceramic egg and matured for 4 months on its yeast lees without batonnage  (stirring … Read More

Circuit North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018

January 18, 2019By Yvonne

Circuit North Canterbury Chardonnay 2018 $24.99  Crafted by the team at Black Estate from organically grown fruit that’s been fermented using a starter culture from the vineyard itself, this is a creamy, brulee and butter-smothered wine, with peach and grapefruit notes underpinning the nutty smoothness. Theres a hint of wildness and funk to the fruit layers … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

January 13, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $20.99  Get on your skateboard, segway or scooter and shimmy on over to the Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($20.99) to pour with any sort of pan-fried pesce perfection.  Crisp, crunchy, packed with citrus and huge herbaceous notes, this wine is superb to sip with fresh fish.  … Read More

House of Ball Waipara Pinot Noir 2014

August 8, 2018By Yvonne

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 … Read More

House of Ball Romping Waipara Rosé 2017

August 8, 2018By Yvonne

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 … Read More