Bendigo Hills Central Otago Chardonnay 2022

18 June 2024By Yvonne

Bendigo Hills Central Otago Chardonnay 2022 $32 Certified organic, clone 548 and B95 chardonnay here from the famous Trig Block in the sunbaked Bendigo subregion. Hand-picked and whole bunch pressed straight to French oak (50% new) to slip into a funky little wild ferment and then it’s aged on its lees for 10 months before … Read More

Chateau Garage Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2023

16 June 2024By Yvonne

Chateau Garage Hawke’s Bay Albariño 2023 $50  With its mineral-laced spine, aromas of apple blossom and lemon pith and its palate awash with vibrant acidity, lime and green fruits, this albariño by Ollie Powrie is a fresh, zesty, shoulder-shake for your tastebuds. Crafted from fruit grown in Bridge Pa, fermented in an egg fermenter and … Read More

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Gris 2023

12 June 2024By Yvonne

Jules Taylor Marlborough Pinot Gris 2023 $22 Generously dry and classically scented with nashi, green pear, soft nutmeg and apple notes, this new gris has a palate profile that exactly replicates all that and also injects a splash of zesty minerality and leaves a soft creamy character on the finish. Energetic and ultra-sippable. Jules Taylor

Pegasus Bay Vergence White Mk 3

3 June 2024By Yvonne

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 2024By Yvonne

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 2024By Yvonne

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 2024By Yvonne

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 2024By Yvonne

  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 2024By Yvonne

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 2024By Yvonne

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