Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017

June 11, 2019By Yvonne

Lamb and Chorizo Sausage Plait (dish Aug Sept 2019) A fruit-forward, soft, plush pinot noir is exactly what this spicy, family-sized sausage roll.  The Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 ($28) ticks all those boxes and more.  Ripe cherry, raspberry and even a tiny squeak of beetroot all erupt from the glass and the flavours are … Read More

Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

June 5, 2019By Yvonne

Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $40 Well, I’ll be pounded, egged and covered in crumbs Batman.  In fact, any chicken recipe just screams out for the finest chardonnay you can lay your hands on.  I was incredibly fortunate to have a bottle of the stunning Dog Point Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 within arms reach as I … Read More

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017

June 5, 2019By Yvonne

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 $28 The Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 ticks all the boxes for plushness, fruit-forwardness and is one of those wines that’ll inject life into any occasion.  Ripe cherry, raspberry and even a tiny squeak of beetroot all erupt from the glass and the flavours are soft, easy, plump and gentle … Read More

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018

March 30, 2019By Yvonne

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $25 The second I see ‘tomato’ and ‘capsicum’ in the ingredients for anything, I’m instantly reaching for a wine like the Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($25). Incredibly pungent aromas of lime, lemon, passionfruit, bruised basil and buckets of homemade lemonade loveliness all wash through onto the palate … Read More

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017

March 30, 2019By Yvonne

Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 $29 Blended from four vineyards from the western end of the Wairau Valley after a long, dry summer, the Mahi Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 ($29) is a funk-laced, stonefruit-soaked, toasty, smoky sip.  Crafted using only free-run juice and left to ferment wild, with no additions, before maturing in barrel for 11 months, … Read More

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

March 30, 2019By Yvonne

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $27 This tiny estate located out Eskdale-way, manages to turn out pinot gris that’s consistently mammoth in the personality-stakes. With its new vintage offering a creamy, apple pie and cashew character on the nose, followed by a poached quince and roast pear punch on the … Read More

Bodegas Piqueras Valcanto Almansa Syrah 2014

March 30, 2019By Yvonne

Bodegas Piqueras Valcanto Almansa Syrah 2014 ($15.95) A soft, easy, super-fruity syrah like this is just the ticket for a soothing sip to serve with anything meaty and spicy.  This Spanish smooth-talker adds berries and spice and all things nice to anyone who prefers blueberry and leather notes in their syrah and less of the … Read More

Te Kairanga Runholder Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017

January 16, 2019By Yvonne

Te Kairanga Runholder Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 $28 I think this could very well be my favourite vintage of Runholder.  Plush, lush and packed with flavour, it roars with cherry, cranberry, rosehip tea and layers of earthy cocoa characters on the palate.  While it’s slippery and silky to sip, it also has powdery, emery-like tannings … Read More

Tinpot Hut Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2017

January 13, 2019By Yvonne

Tinpot Hut Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2017 $28  Winemaker Fiona Turner has worked her magic on this stylishly sticky, sweet wine that carries candied citrus, toffee apple and heavenly honey notes on the nose and palate.  Fresh and flirtatious, it’s seriously sweet, yet finely tuned and beautifully balanced.  Great stuff! www.tinpothut.co.nz

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