Radburnd Cellars Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018

June 18, 2020By Yvonne

Radburnd Cellars Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2018 $85 Gorgeously golden in the glass, this debut chardonnay from legendary winemaker Kate Radburnd is crafted from old-vine, Mendoza-clone fruit sourced from two vineyards in two different sub-regions.  The Bridge Pa fruit adds weight and minerality, while the Mangatahi fruit injects classic stonefruit succulence and structure.  Handpicked, hand-sorted, whole-bunch … Read More

Swift Wines Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

June 17, 2020By Yvonne

Swift Wines Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $40 This is the second edition of Lauren Swift’s solo syrah, crafted from dry-farmed fruit grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle wine district of Hawke’s Bay.  Dry-farmed grapevines have to send their roots WAY down deep to find any moisture (as opposed to conventionally irrigated vines whose roots sit … Read More

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Riesling 2016

June 17, 2020By Yvonne

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Riesling 2016 $45 If you’re looking for a punch in the face of lime, lemongrass, crunchy apple and squint-inducing zestiness – then you’ve come to the right place. This 2016 St Andrews is incredibly dry and elegant and demonstrates an ultimately sophisticated riesling from old vines growing in one of … Read More

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Shiraz 2016

June 16, 2020By Yvonne

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Shiraz 2016 $64.99 Only the absolute best shiraz grapes make it to the finals for the St Andrews Shiraz vintage champs and once they’re in the bottle they’re immortalised forever!  (At least that’s what the winemaker whispers to them to soothe their nerves)  Deep, dark chocolate and spice, cigar box … Read More

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019

June 16, 2020By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019 $22.90 Direct from the merlot capital of the country, this fleshy, speshy merlot is dangerously drinkable.  Plum, cherry and boysenberry notes boogie across the nose and palate and leave a gush of gorgeous cocoa and spice on the finish.  Soothing and velvety to sip. http://www.trinityhill.com

O:TU Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

June 16, 2020By Yvonne

O:TU Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $19 Lovers of soft, creamy, peach-laced chardonnay will be all over this wine crafted by winemaker Jan Kux.  Smooth, soothing and saturated in tropical fruit, it’s an ultra-friendly, attractive little sip for sure. http://www.otuwine.com  

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Chardonnay 2016

June 16, 2020By Yvonne

Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Chardonnay 2016 $49.99 Whenever a new vintage of St Andrews chardonnay lands on our shores and zooms over to my office, the joy is electric.  Electric like a disco.  The kind of disco that John Travolta would go to.  That’s how boogie wonderland my mood becomes.  Super-juicy and packed solid … Read More

McArthur Ridge Lilico Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2019

June 16, 2020By Yvonne

McArthur Ridge Lilico Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2019 $16.50 Scented with berry brioche and buckets of cherries, this Central Otago rosé roars with creamy cherry clafoutis flavours on the palate.  Hints of pink peppercorn and spice round out the finish of this crisp, full-bodied and frisky rosé. http://www.mcarthurridge.nz  

Matahiwi Estate ME Wairarapa rosé 2020

June 16, 2020By Yvonne

Matahiwi Estate ME Wairarapa rosé 2020 $13 For starters the colour of this rosé is BEYOND glorious.  How to describe it?  It almost glows in the dark, it’s so luminously pink, it’s practically Pantone 673.  Scented with creaming soda, candy floss and raspberry buns and delectably dry on the palate.  Raspberry, cherry, white pepper and … Read More

Bushmere Estate Classic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

June 14, 2020By Yvonne

Bushmere Estate Classic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $25 While this wine is super-creamy and nutty on the nose, there’s an explosion of grapefruit and toasted peaches as soon as you manage to get the glass into your gob, closely followed by a gurgle of lemon and a pinch of pineapple. David and Shona Egan have been … Read More