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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

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

Carrick Bannockburn Billet-Doux Pinot Noir 2022

22 March 2024

Carrick Bannockburn Billet-Doux Pinot Noir 2022 $35-$39 Pronounced “Be-yay-doo” which translates to ‘love-note’ in French, this wine is the result of a collaboration between winemaker Rosie Menzies, creative director Leon Ofsky and artist Elana Marie Szezepanski and comes from fruit carefully hand-picked from Carrick’s certified organic Arthur’s Vineyard. A mixture of Pommard clones from three … Read More

Vilaura Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionelle Extra Brut Blanc de Blanc 2019

20 March 2024

Vilaura Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionelle Extra Brut Blanc de Blanc 2019 $65 Impeccably stylish. It’s crafted from 100% clone 95 chardonnay grapes by sparkling wine specialists Jascha Oldham-Selak and his partner Sanne Witteveen and it’s immensely tasty. Lifted and citrus scented, it’s accentuated with clean apple, lemon shortbread characters, creamy cashew notes and boasts generosity, … Read More

Aces and Arrows Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2021

17 March 2024

Aces and Arrows Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2021 $27 Stu Marfel is the group winemaker for Pernod-Ricard New Zealand and he’s opted to give his regional winemaking team a bit of freedom to get creative with the fruit they know best. Craig from Hawke’s Bay has opted to use his favourite grapes sourced from the Bridge … Read More

Aces and Arrows Greg’s Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021

17 March 2024

Aces and Arrows Greg’s Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021 $27 Lifted and plummy, with a solid cherry spine, this wine is designed by winemaker Jamie Marfell in conjunction with his team of regional winemakers to celebrate their individual talents and creativity, hence why this is named after ‘Greg’ in Central Otago. This pinot is wild … 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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