Black Estate Circuit Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 $24 (4 stars)

April 4, 2017By Yvonne

Tangy quince and japonica jelly notes on the nose lead to a fat, juicy, sassy apple and pear smashup in the mouth. It’s bursting with freshness, attitude and natural sweetness that’s balanced by racy, gum-numbing acidity.  Thinking of demolishing some deliciously aged crumbly cheddar?  This will be awesome. www.blackestate.co.nz

Wine column for week beginning Sat 1 April, 2017

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

Smoky Sauvignon from the South A package arrived on Thursday morning from Greystone wines (always exciting) and inside it housed three bottles of the same wine.  On closer inspection they all represented different vintages of one of winemaker Dom Maxwell’s favourite styles – their Barrell Fermented Sauvignon Blanc.  “We’ve been fermenting our sauvignon wild since … Read More

Wine column week beginning Sat 26 Nov, 2016

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

The Kaikoura earthquake on Monday, 14th of November had me thinking that there’d be smashed and toppled tanks all over Marlborough and North Canterbury, and with word coming from Foley Family wines that serious damage had been done to their storage tanks at their Grove Mill winery, things weren’t looking flash.  Photos of enormous stacks … Read More

Prunotto Fiulot Barbera D’Asti 2014 $23.99 (4 stars)

March 30, 2017By Yvonne

Made by Marchesi Antinori, this smooth, soft, pillowy red from Italy’s Piedmonte region is one of those easy reds that may even convert the most hardened ‘I only drink whites’ wine lover. Grown in calcerous marl soils of the Costamiole vineyard in the town of Agliano, the Barbera grapes ripen to create sweet, savoury berry … Read More

Wine column for week beginning Sat 31 December, 2016

March 30, 2017By Yvonne

If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, when quizzed on their thoughts about a wine, “I dunno, I’m useless at wine tasting, it’s kind of just winey”, then I’d probably have enough for a night on the town.   Now I’m the first to admit that I tend to go overboard … Read More

Nevis Bluff Merrils Block Central Otago Pinot Blanc 2015 $35

March 24, 2017By Yvonne

Nevis Bluff Merrils Block Central Otago Pinot Blanc 2015 $35 4stars I bet if I’d popped round to your place before now, there is no way you’d have any pinot blanc stashed away. It’s one of those rarely grown grapes that I harbour a lot of love for, so when I come across one, especially … Read More

NZME Regional Newspapers Column Saturday March 18 2017

March 24, 2017By Yvonne

Despite the semi-glamourous image that the wine industry has around its edges, winemakers are essentially farmers. They can only harvest their crop once a year, during a tiny window of optimum fruit ripeness (between March and May) in order to extract the best possible quality juice with which to make the best quality wine they … Read More

Bisquertt Riserva Petirrojo Carménère

July 25, 2016By Yvonne

Bisquertt Riserva Petirrojo Carménère 2014 $18 Chilean’s had no idea why much of their merlot tasted so different to the rest until a canny Ampelographer (google it) came along and said “that’s because it’s carménère”. Previously one of the 6 varieties permitted in red Bordeaux, this Colchagua-grown example oozes black berryfruit, tobacco-box oak, dried herb … Read More

Eradus Marlborough Pinot Noir

May 16, 2016By Yvonne

Eradus Marlborough Pinot Noir $18  Bold, fruity aromas of black guava, black tea and layers of black forrest all burst from the glass in this tasty new favourite of mine.  Lush, gently juicy, red fruits like raspberry, cherry and pomegranate tumble forth into a soft, yet zesty young pinot which boasts a gamey, savoury finish. … Read More

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay

May 5, 2016By Yvonne

Neudorf Rosie’s Block Nelson Chardonnay 2015 $33 ★★★★ Five different clones were hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts and blended to create this buttered-crumpet-smelling chardonnay, which quickly unveils a backbone of grilled nectarine and grapefruit pith alongside deliciously textural, creamy almond characters in the mid palate. It’s a juicy, cheek-puckering style that pretty much makes … Read More