Windrush Empire Marlborough Chardonnay 2018 $25

January 12, 2019By Yvonne

I was listening to “Jitterbug” by WHAM! when I first tasted this chardonnay by Callum Linklater and it definitely did make me want to do a happy dance. Bright, shiny and lighter, white-fruited style, chablis-like with a hint of funk and frisk. Nice texture and length. Dry and citrus-driven with a lick of white pepper … Read More

Mas de Daumas Moulin de Gassac Pont de Gassac 2017 $36

January 11, 2019By Yvonne

A fleshy-soft blend with cabernet at the helm, backed up by syrah, merlot and grenache, a blend that cuddles the gums and tongue in cashmere-like tannins and a cloak of bright boysenberry and plum fruit. It has cherry, baked beetroot and a lick of leather, plus fresh acidity keeps this dancing on the palate and … Read More

Mas de Daumas Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Syrah Grenache Carignan 2017 $21

January 10, 2019By Yvonne

Classic violet and sweet, spicy plum notes on the nose and palate – this is a slippery, slinky, succulent and supremely sippable blend of syrah, grenache and carignan from southern France that will absolutely have people knocking your door down.  Pepper, hints of cocoa, leathery loveliness – good length of flavour too! www.planetwine.co.nz

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Blanc 2017 $21

January 10, 2019By Yvonne

From the Pays D’Hérault comes this gloriously aromatic blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Terret which bursts with lemon blossom, fresh lime and heaping wads of fresh herbs.  Light, zesty and wakes up even the most sluggish of your senses.  Darn lovely – serve chilled to impress your friends over some fromage and focaccia. … Read More

Moulin de Gassac Viognier 2017 $22

January 10, 2019By Yvonne

Classic fresh-cut apricot aromatics, white nectarine, ripe peach and white pepper and loads of character coming through in this wine from southern France, an area extending from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains and the border with Spain, which is now part of Occitani. The length of flavour is outstanding – clean, fresh and frolicksome. http://www.planetwine.co.nz

Moulin de Gassac Pont De Gassac Blanc 2017 $36

January 10, 2019By Yvonne

Looking for something lipsmackingly dry, apple-driven and crunchy-fresh?  Then you’ve come to the correct cul de sac in the Moulin de Gassac.  A blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and a squeak of Terret and Viognier from the village of Villeveyracin the Thau Lagoon area of the Languedoc – it’s like a charge of … Read More

Tua Marina Marlborough Arneis 2016 & 2017 $30

January 5, 2019By Yvonne

How brilliant to finally find an Arneis specialist here in New Zealand. Lucky for us, Franzi Grab is obsessed with this tricky little Italian number from the northern Piedmont region, which is nicknamed ‘Little Rascal’ due to it regularly having hissy fits in the vineyard and not playing by the rules. Certified organic, Franzi now … Read More

Queensberry Gardens Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2018 $27.50 4stars

January 4, 2019By Yvonne

Chenin Blanc has the unmistakeable aroma of rose apple and citrus blossom and, while its spiritual home is in France’s Loire Valley, it’s absolutely found its happy place in the Queensberry sub-region of Central Otago. Grown by Dean and Diana Harker, their tiny Chenin Blanc vineyard turns out a crisp, floral, softly spiced and gently … Read More

Tohu Rewa Rosé Méthode Traditionnelle 2015 $40

January 2, 2019By Yvonne

This limited edition, pinot noir-based, vintage sparkler was created by the team from New Zealand’s most widely recognised 100% Maori-owned wine company, as a happy 20th birthday nod to no compromise.  Collaborating with renown local artist Flox to design the label (and its gorgeous gift box), it features her vibrant, signature take on the native … Read More

Scout Wines Nelson Pinot Gris 2018 $30

January 1, 2019By Yvonne

It’s all about texture, texture, texture here in this organically-grown gris from Nelson’s alluvial Hope gravels. On the nose it shows green nectarine, mineral, quince and chalky notes that all osmose through onto the palate in a fresh, grigio-style example. Fresh, crunchy, lean, foot-stomped and fermented in a combination of tanks and old barrels, with … Read More