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

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

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 … Read More

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

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

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, … Read More

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

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

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 … Read More

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

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Chardonnay 2015 $41 (5stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Black Estate Waipara Rose 2016 $24 (4 stars)

March 28, 2017By Yvonne

Sweet cranberry, rhubarb and cherry notes on the nose, it’s ultra fruity-fragrant and has instant wham bam appeal. Bursting with cherry and raspberry intensity in the mouth, here’s a rose you won’t forget in a hurry. There’s even a peppery, slightly dense, meaty note which gives it real strength and presence.  Sip with warm, spicy, … Read More

Black Estate Circuit Chardonnay 2016 $24 (4 stars)

March 28, 2017By Yvonne

If you’re looking for a chardonnay bursting with hazelnut, citrus and hints of toast and smoke then this is for you.  North Canterbury has real talent for producing chardonnay that shows sensational minerality and combine that with a skilled winemaker who can create creamy, nutty notes in the palate spectrum – then you’ve got a … Read More

Greystone Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2015

April 19, 2016By Yvonne

Greystone Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $22 ★★★★½ This is one seriously tropical, juicy, succulent sauvignon blanc from the nor-wester buffetted, limestone-laden slopes of North Canterbury.  Deeply textural, powdery and mineral-edged, there’s a wildly tasty wave of nectarine, preserved lemon and crushed green herbs in every mouthful too.  Winemaker Dom Maxwell is an evil genius and … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Gewürztraminer 2014

March 31, 2016By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Gewürztraminer 2014 $30 ★★★★★ Wow!  The glittering yellow diamond colour of this wine is quite mesmerizing.  It smells like the most delicious combo of lemon Turkish delight, ginger, rose water, Christmas lilies, toffee, runny honey and spice.  Rich, unctuous, generously fruity and tangy it is too, making this an irresistibly un-put-downable example.

Main Divide Waipara Merlot Cabernet 2014

March 31, 2016By Yvonne

Main Divide Waipara Merlot Cabernet 2014 $20 ★★★½ If you thought only the North Island could create good Bordeaux-style reds then best you wrap your gums around this southern sip pronto.  Highly fruity on the nose and all manner of raspberry, boysenberry and spicy, cocoa-like characters crash across the palate.  Yet the mouthfeel and finish … Read More