Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Blistered Bread Beans and Haloumi with Tzatziki Well hang my knickers on the line and call me KZ7.  If the combination of these blistered beans and the mind-bendingly tasty Te Awanga Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2019 ($19) doesn’t have you sailing into the stratosphere then I don’t know what will.  Crisp nashi, quince and … Read More

Pask Instinct Bud Burst Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Grilled Fish with Caper and Red Onion dressing – dish magazine summer 2020 Righto.  Get your skates on to secure yourself a bottle of the new Pask Instinct Bud Burst Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($16.95) immediately.  Sauvignon blanc with fish is a no-brainer, however the piquancy of the red onion and caper dressing means you … Read More

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2019 $20 If you closed your eyes in the moment you lift the glass to your nose, you’d almost smell the Mediterranean Sea.  A hint of crushed oyster shells, splashed with watermelon, raspberry and the juice of wild cherries blended with pink peppercorns assails the senses.  Grown by … Read More

Opawa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Stop. Drop. And roll a bottle of Opawa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 ($21) into your fridge, because you are gonna want to dish this out pronto when the cheese and crackers are dropped on the table.  Rich, yet refreshingly structured with apple, nashi and white pepper perkiness, this pinot gris has got “summer crowd-pleaser written … Read More

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Black Estate Home North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $45 Mushroom Paté – matched in dish magazine Summer 2020 You don’t have to say mushroom paté twice to get me opening a bottle of the Black Estate Home North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 ($45).  With 75% whole berries in the 100% wild ferment (kickstarted in the … Read More

Kono Nelson Chardonnay 2018

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Kono Nelson Chardonnay 2018 $19.99 Sweetcorn fritter Bacon and Avocado burgers (paired for dish magazine Summer 2020) Holy bacon burger batman!  A sweetcorn fritter inside a burger has me absolutely in my happy place.  But give me a glass of the Kono Nelson Chardonnay 2018 ($19) and the grilled grapefruit and roast peach flavours send … Read More

Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019

November 10, 2019By Yvonne

Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $17 Leek and Greens Frittata (dish magazine Feb Mar 2020) Reading the list of ingredients alone (leek, turmeric, coriander, cumin, chard, spinach, kale, lemon, mint, parsley, dill and shallots etc…) had me instantly reaching for a bottle of Tohu Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ($17) Why?  Because it has … Read More

Peckham’s Phantasmic 2018 Artisan Cider 750ml

September 22, 2019By Yvonne

CIDER PHANTASIES The multi-award winning folk at Peckham’s cider have really gone spiritual on it and created ‘Phantasmic 2018’ a truly wild cider available in 750ml ($19.99) where Kingston Black, Knotted Kernel, Browns, Harry Master’s Jersey and Chisel Jersey Cider apples are fermented on their skins with Torulaspora Delbrueckii and Prise de Mousse yeasts, then … Read More

Mount Michael The Mountaineer Central Otago Pinot Gris 2019

September 22, 2019By Yvonne

Mount Michael The Mountaineer Central OtagoPinot Gris 2019 $24.99 While it’s been crafted in a ‘dry’ style, this new addition to the Mountaineer range is actually incredibly rich and shows great nashi, apple and peachy intensity on the nose and palate. Clean, precise, focused and flavoursome, it’s perky and pure and has great cellaring potential … Read More

Blank Canvas Escaroth Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

September 22, 2019By Yvonne

Blank Canvas Escaroth Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $49 Here’s a wine showing total class and elegance and you should own it immediately because that’s you in a nutshell right?  Grown by Andy and Kyna Laurie, in their dry-farmed, north-facing Taylor Pass vineyard (named after the fictional lake town where the elves in The Hobbit sourced … Read More