4 July 2010 – Vegan Vegetarian Vino

If you’re of the vegan persuasion then you’ll be chuffed to know that Blackenbrook Wines, in Tasman Bay near Nelson will be printing ‘vegan wine’ on all their white wines from the 2011 vintage.  The demand for vegan wines is on the increase according to Duncan Gillespie of Wellington’s Regional Wines & Spirits. “It’s following […]

Black Barn Tukituki Sauvignon Blanc

Black Barn Tukituki Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $25 * * * Lengthy, lean and scented with soft green herbs and lime on the nose, this Hawke’s Bay sauvignonis bone dry and has impressive minerality which makes for an elegant, ultimately drinkable drop. www.blackbarn.com  

Alpha Domus The Navigator

Alpha Domus The Navigator 2004 $25 ***** The fact that this wine is only $25 a bottle astounds me. It is one of Hawkes Bay’s most popular Bordeaux blends and after one sip it’s glaringly obvious as to why. It’s almost a crime to have this wine shut away in a bottle – there should […]

Ata Rangi Petrie

Ata Rangi Petrie Chardonnay (Wairarapa) 2008 $27 ****1/2 A lovely, clean chardonnay that in addition to hints of nutmeg, grapefruit pith and shortbread on the nose, has juicy stonefruit flavours, bracing acidity and minerality on the palate and a slippery-smooth nutty finish.  If you’re a scallop wrapped in bacon I’d be very afraid…  

Ata Rangi Craighall

Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay 2007 $40 ***** Like a chrysanthemum unfolding a hundred perfect petals, this wine opens up a whole new world for your tastebuds as it oozes ripe grapefruit, toasty oak and concentrated mealy, peachy flavours.  Made from old Martinborough vines, the Craighall cements itself as one of New Zealand’s Super Classics – […]

Alana Estate Chardonnay

Alana Estate Chardonnay 2007 $42.00 ***** Alana Estate, where have you been all my life?  This Martinborough chardonnay has delicious aromas of ripe peach, buttered toast, juicy grapefruit and as soon as I sipped it I fell in love.  Satisfying and rich with a silky fresh texture in the mouth and incredible persistence of flavour.  […]

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