R.H Coutier A Ambonnay Grand Cru Champagne NV $75

January 20, 2018By Yvonne

The Coutier family has been in Ambonnay since 1619. 1619! So they know a thing or three about growing great grapes. This champagne is such a pretty wine in the glass, with tiny, delicate beads of bubbles, this fizz boasts caramel and fresh-baked breakfast bun and hints of walnut on the nose and soft, nutty, … Read More

Bodegas Olivares Dulce Monastrell 2013 500ml $63

October 14, 2017By Yvonne

Looking for the ultimate sweet red wine?  Deep in the heart of Jumilla in Spain grows a patch of ancient, ungrafted, monastrell vines owned by Bodegas Olivares.  The bunches are left on the vine long into the autumn to naturally begin to raisin.  This concentrates the blackcurrant intensity and spicy, caramelized characters, resulting in a … Read More

Kaimira Estate Brightwater Nelson Gewurztraminer 2016 $25

September 6, 2017By Yvonne

Certified organic, this wine is one huge high-five as to why Nelson is considered New Zealand’s spiritual home of the aromatic white wines. ‘Kaimira’ is named after an old flour mill built near the site of the original winery, but today it’s all about the grapes. Perfumed with nectarine and jasmine and sultry, dusky, musky … Read More

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column Saturday August 12 2017

September 6, 2017By Yvonne

So you’re 40-something, female and finding whiskers in weird places on your face? Fret not. Sip these and forget the horror. Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $59.99  Oh lordy, what a wine! With its alluring aromas of grilled grapefruit, roast peach, toasted almonds and a hint of smoke, I struggled to peel the glass … Read More

Silver Wing Waipara Pinot Noir 2013 $36 (4.5 stars)

September 6, 2017By Yvonne

Crafted with wild yeasts and as little preservative as possible, this pinot has an earthy, smoky note from being aged in French oak barrels for 19 months, 15% of which were brand new.  Chock full of cocoa, red cherry and rhubarb, it’s got real pluck and power behind it, making it a seriously tasty product … Read More

Linden Estate Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015 $48

September 6, 2017By Yvonne

In 2010 Trevor Shepherd talked his way into a job at Linden, where for four years he toiled (unpaid mostly) to restore the vines and get the decrepit, but legendary winery back up to scratch. It’s clearly worked. There’s a bold, buxom, plum and cocoa character to this wine, complete with grippy tannins, smoky warmth … Read More

Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $56

June 26, 2017By Yvonne

Prepare for heaping wads of hazelnut, citrus pith, white peach and nutmeg on the nose followed by gorgeous, grapefruit, smoked pineapple and waves of juiciness which flow constantly across the palate.  Crafted from old vine, dry farmed, Mendoza-clone chardonnay from a vineyard named after Brick Gunn, champion NZ Skeet Shooter, this wine is beautifully balanced … Read More

Wine column week commencing 15th April, 2017

May 10, 2017By Yvonne

One of the bazillions of things that I love about wine, is that when I’m doing my tastings sure as eggs something’s going to surprise me.  Something will step up, stand out and shake the old foundations of what I think is stylistically ‘normal’.  I love that I’m seeing WAY more sauvignon blanc that’s been … Read More