Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column Saturday August 12 2017

6 September 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)

6 September 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

6 September 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

26 June 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

10 May 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

Nikau Point Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014 $15

2 May 2017By Yvonne

The fact that this is just $15 a bottle, absolutely blows my mind.  Cherry, black tea and attractive spices, alongside red fruits, raspberry and soft plummy characters make this an incredibly drinkable, excitingly affordable pinot noir.  A recent makeover of the label has given this extra table-appeal.  It looks like money.  It tastes like money. … Read More

Wine and food matching 2016

28 April 2017By Yvonne

Wine and food matching.  The fact that it’s even a thing is the relatively recent result of American neo-prohibitionists in1970’s demanding that if alcoholic beverages were to be served anywhere, then suitable food needed to be provided.  So canny restaurateurs clicked rather quickly that if you’re going to do it, do it well and put … Read More

Bodegas Gancedo Capricho Val de Paxarinas Godello 2014 $29 ★★★★½

18 April 2017By Yvonne

Godello (pronounced God-Ay-Yo) means “small indulgence”, and I for one am totally treating myself to more than one bottle of this.  Blended with a touch of Dona Blanca grapes, I love the aromas of apricot stone, lemon pith, crushed oyster shells and white peach.  Sourced from the region of Bierzo in Northwest Spain, the bursts … Read More

Wine column week commencing August 13th, 2016

11 April 2017By Yvonne

SPANISH DRINKSQUISITION… There’s not much we don’t grow in New Zealand, except maybe pineapples, proper bananas and predators that will poison or maim you in seconds flat.  Yet we have managed to grow into a lovely cultural crockpot, and in the last 20 years in particular, our vineyards have been helping foreigners put their roots … Read More