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Pegasus Bay Vergence White Mk 3

3 June 2024

Pegasus Bay Vergence White Mk 3 $27 The third iteration of Mat Donaldson’s deliciously wild and fabulously feral blended white project, the Vergence* Mk 3 is a multi-vintage wine using 60% oak-aged Semillon, approximately 19% whole bunch fermented Sauvignon Blanc, around 15% Gewurztraminer and a splash each of Muscat and Riesling. From the first sniff … Read More

Kinross The Last Drop Waitaki North Otago Late Harvest Riesling 2020

23 May 2024

Kinross The Last Drop Waitaki North Otago Late Harvest Riesling 2020 $45 The colour of this late harvest riesling has incredible green flecks, making it bright like a lime diamond. Sweet yet showing bracing acidity and refreshing textures alongside a honeyed spine. It’s a delicious palate cleanser. Kinross

Aeronaut Marlborough Pinot Noir 2021

21 May 2024

Aeronaut Marlborough Pinot Noir 2021 $40 If you’re looking for a softly herbaceous, subtly spiced pinot noir with a suede-like texture and a squeak of smoked rhubarb, then this wine will be your jam. Soothing, lightly-styled and carrying an earthy, freshly-tilled field character on the finish, it’s a crowd-pleasing pinot for sure. For information on … Read More

Aeronaut Marlborough Chardonnay 2022

21 May 2024

Aeronaut Marlborough Chardonnay 2022 $30 Fans of almond meal and delicate coconut complexity in their chardonnay will find themselves enjoying this new release from winemaker Leo Ricárdez. Fresh and layered with lemon and green apple, hints of baked stonefruit and toasty oak – it’s a smashable chardonnay that’ll soften into a more creamy spectrum over … Read More

Villa Maria Private Bin Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2023

20 May 2024

  Villa Maria Private Bin Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2023 $15 Paired with; Fragrant Chicken Tagine by Annabel Langbein NZ Herald Canvas Magazine Sat May 25th 2024 Pair the cumin, cinnamon, ginger and saffron sensations in this exotically spiced tagine with the clean, melon and raspberry razziness roaring from every sip of the new Private Bin … Read More

Moko Hills Kakano Bendigo Chardonnay 2022

16 May 2024

Moko Hills Kakano Bendigo Chardonnay 2022 $40 Subtle use of oak has created purity and wholesomeness in this new chardonnay from Donald van der Westhuizen. There’s a soft, creamy, bruleeish aroma on the nose followed by masses of white peach, florals, grapefruit pith, soft spices and nutty notes. It’s got such beautiful balance it could … Read More

Zephyr MKIII Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

9 May 2024

Zephyr MKIII Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 $32 I was fortunate to taste bottle number 1942 of a wine crafted from the Glover Family’s ‘Kersley Estate’ vineyard. This vineyard is in the middle of its conversion to organic certification and winemaker Ben Glover has steered this sauvignon down the wild side of town. Erupting with scorched … Read More

Zephyr Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

9 May 2024

Zephyr Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 $24 Roaring with red apple, red capsicum, sweet pea and peachy character, this citrus-stacked sauvignon has gentle herbaceousness, soft acidity, tropical complexity and a lick of salted lime and jalapeno on the finish. Sourced from the Glover family’s ‘Brawn’ vineyard located in the Dillons Point sub-region, it’s a gently … Read More

Chateau Garage Orca Corca Bianco 2023

3 May 2024

Chateau Garage Orca Corca Bianco 2023 $35 A brand new style from viticulturist-turned-winemaker Ollie Powrie and his tiny team at Chateau Garage, the Orca Corca is sauvignon blanc but not as you’d know it. Sourced from an organic site located out in Maraekakaho, west of Hastings, the fruit was hand harvested and the juice was … Read More

Villa Maria Taylors Pass Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

2 May 2024

Villa Maria Taylors Pass Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 $30 Awatere Valley sauvignon blanc has its own signature. Florals, fresh nettles, white peach, green apple and bruised basil assail the nostrils and roar around the gums. It’s fresh yet gentle on the palate, so if you’re not a fan of squinty acidity then you’re in luck … Read More

Monowai Hawke’s Bay Brut Rosé NV

2 May 2024

Monowai Hawke’s Bay Brut Rosé NV $24.99 If a sparkling wine stacked solid with ripe berries, cherries, creamy complexity and a melon-like finish is a bit of you, then you’ll love this new release from Monowai. Bold, boisterous and laced with herbal notes, it’s got a big personality, loads of texture and a style all … Read More

The Supernatural Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2022

28 March 2024

The Supernatural Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2022 $35 A sauvignon that’s very much in its own situation with classic Hawke’s Bay generosity and softness. Yet the addition of six hours on skins, wild fermentation, lees stirring and only a teensy dose of sulphur at bottling has given it a creamy complexity that leads from apple … Read More

Thirsty Work is a television show that unearths some of the personalities behind New Zealand’s successful and innovative Wine and Beverage Industry. Broadcast on Food TV (SKY ch.9), Thirsty Work soaks up New Zealand’s beverage landscape.  Not just vineyards, but barrel halls, tank rooms, cellar doors, wine stores, supermarkets, breweries and backyard vignerons.

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