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Mondillo Central Otago Riesling 2022

February 22, 2024

Mondillo Central Otago Riesling 2022 $30 Classic Jazz apple, white peach, fresh-squeezed lime juice and Winter Cole pear combine with honeysuckle notes to create an eruption of citrus-based aromas and flavours. Grown on the slopes of Bendigo, it’s zesty, crunchy-textured and lengthy, it also has a cute and very elaborate depiction of a barcode on … Read More

Čuvar Iris Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

February 20, 2024

Čuvar Iris Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 $26 Deep in the Awatere Valley there’s a vineyard called Ballochdale, located at the lofty heights of 300m above sea level. It’s a special spot where sauvignon blanc grapes thrive and produce bright, lemony-fresh, penetrating wines with melon, bruised basil and green capsicum complexity. It’s a style championed … Read More

FOLEY WINES ACQUIRES TOAST MARTINBOROUGH FESTIVAL 2024

February 20, 2024

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday February 20th 2024 FOLEY WINES ACQUIRES TOAST MARTINBOROUGH Toast Martinborough, New Zealand’s iconic wine and food festival, has been sold to Foley Wines. The move comes at a time when the festival, like many other businesses in the hospitality sector, faces challenges exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 and unfavourable harvest conditions. … Read More

Čuvar Guardians Series Rivermere Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021

January 29, 2024

Čuvar Guardians Series Rivermere Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021 $44-$64 If great chardonnay is your jam then best you go out and buy a loaf and get buttering! This Hugh Crichton-honed new release is stacked with creamy, baked peachy goodness, a lick of grapefruit and perky popcorn-laced aromas and it bursts with citrus and softly … Read More

Zephyr Organic Marlborough Pinot Noir 2021

December 23, 2023

Zephyr Organic Marlborough Pinot Noir 2021 $32 1985 was the year of grand ideas and great discoveries. The Nintendo console was invented, Guns ‘N Roses and Crowded House were formed, they found the wreck of the Titanic and they also found a huge hole in the Ozone layer. It was also when third-generation Marlborough farmers, … Read More

Neudorf Tiritiri Nelson Rosé 2023

December 23, 2023

Neudorf Tiritiri Nelson Rosé 2023 $25 Crafted by winemaker Todd Stevens, this wild-fermented rosé is unfined and has a teensy lick of strawberries and cream on the palate from a splash of malolactic fermentation. So it’s got a lot going on, so if you’re hunting for a simple style then punch into reverse and drive … Read More

Zephyr Organic Marlborough Chardonnay 2022

December 23, 2023

Zephyr Organic Marlborough Chardonnay 2022 $32 I’m loving the smorgasbord of aromas that leap nostrilward from the glass whenever I pour this new chardonnay from winemaker Ben Glover. Butter and spice-drizzled popcorn sprinkled atop grapefruit and peach sorbet and served inside an oak bowl. And all that good stuff saturates through to the palate and … Read More

Omata Estate Russell Syrah 2020

December 22, 2023

Omata Estate Russell Syrah 2020 $52 Grown in one of New Zealand’s northernmost vineyards, this new release showcases all the excellent florals and lifted pepper and dark fruit characters that give Northland it’s reputation for ferociously good syrah. With violet and cherry intensity on the nose and its palate laced with soft pepper, blackberry, iodine … Read More

Fancrest Estate Reserve Organic North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019

December 20, 2023

Fancrest Estate Reserve Organic North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019 $65 Crafted without fining or filtration, this organic pinot noir grown high up on the deep, limestone soils of the North Canterbury hills, has a slight cloudiness, but a very bright, spicy aromatic spectrum. Stacked with smoky, mushroom and soft pepper notes on the nose, the … Read More

Fancrest Estate Organic North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019

December 20, 2023

Fancrest Estate Organic North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2019 $45 Bright and floral with hints of red apple and dark cherry on the nose, this is an ultra-fresh North Canterbury pinot grown organically in deep, limestone soils. A cooler vintage has given it a core of smoky oak and dried herb complexity accentuated by tightly coiled … Read More

Fancrest Estate Organic North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018

December 20, 2023

Fancrest Estate Organic North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018 $45. Crafted by Di Holding, one of North Canterbury’s pioneers, from her steep, organically-tended north-facing vineyards which send their roots deep into the limestone hills. This vintage is highly floral on the nose yet carries an earthy undercurrent of dried herb and pine needles which leads to … Read More

Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

December 20, 2023

Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 $23 A classically punchy sauvignon from one of Marlborough’s much-loved producers. Founded in 1994 by Greg and Sue White, Whitehaven is known for its ability to turn out sauvignon with flavour intensity and personality year after year. Crunchy lemon and lime layers wrap around passionfruit, jalapeno and bruised basil to … 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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