Bald Hills Kirameki Central Otago Pinot Gris 2021

August 15, 2022By Yvonne

Bald Hills Kirameki Central Otago Pinot Gris 2021 $30 Every year the team at Bald Hills release a Kirameki – I get super excited, and it’s fast becoming one of my favourite Central Otago examples. Soothing to sip, yet it’s laced with energetic acidity and complex baking spice notes and the nashi and quince core … Read More

Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

August 9, 2022By Yvonne

Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 $75 You don’t earn Best in Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards and become one of the 50 greatest wines on the planet for being ‘good’. You also don’t earn Gold medals at the London International Wine Challenge, scores of 95/100 from Masters of Wine and … Read More

Carrick The Magnetic Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

July 29, 2022By Yvonne

Carrick The Magnetic Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $65 ‘The Magnetic’ was a floating gold dredge which operated in the Kawarau River back in the mid-1800s in the height of the regions’ gold rush period – it’s picture is on the back label. Crafted by winemaker Rosie Menzies, from a tiny block of Abel … Read More

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Chardonnay 2020

May 24, 2022By Yvonne

Domain Road Defiance Central Otago Chardonnay 2020 ($32) Slow down, find a spot, indicate and do your best parallel park because you’re going to want to have all your wheels pointing forward to take on this absolute stunner of a chardonnay. Intense grapefruit, roast peach, pineapple and caramelised, toasty oak notes roar out of the … Read More

Black Quail Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

May 16, 2022By Yvonne

Black Quail Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $49 This new release from the small, Bannockburn  vineyard owned by Rod and Mirani Keillor is garnet-red, scented with soft spices and subtle rhubarb, raspberry and cherry notes and lightly-styled on the palate. If you’re looking for a punch-in-the-face pinot then you’ve come to the wrong cul-de-sac my … Read More

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2020

February 13, 2022By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $28 100% wild fermented in barrel and aged for 7 months, this juicy, complex, crazy-good sauvignon oozes smoked passionfruit, marzipan, lemongrass and lime. Sourced from their Cairnmuir Terraces block, this sauvignon blanc is multi-dimensional, laced with rhubarb and fresh-cut herbs. The finish is generous and juicy and I think … Read More

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2019

February 13, 2022By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2019 $28  Handpicked from their Arthur’s vineyard and Cairnmuir Terraces block, this complex pinot gris is perfumed with musky nashi notes, nutmeg and walnutty notes. Smooth, elegantly structured, mouthfilling, and juicy, it’s a crunchy-yet-complex style that’s had the benefit of partial barrel fermentation and maturation in older oak barrels. Dry, … Read More

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Chardonnay 2020

February 13, 2022By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Chardonnay 2020 $36 This is a delightfully clean, beautifully balanced, intensely citrusy chardonnay from winemaker Rosie Menzies, that has the makings of something seriously special. Produced from 100% Mendoza clone fruit that’s been hand-harvested, whole bunch pressed, fermented wild and aged for 14 months in oak barrels, a small percentage of which … Read More

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

December 28, 2021By Yvonne

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $40 In 2002 Graeme Crosbie planted his Domain Road vineyard just minutes from an old miners’ hut on the banks of Duffer’s Creek that he used to camp in.  Since then, each year, he’s created vibrant, spice-saturated pinots that I’ve loved. Yet 2019 was different. Pristine weather combined … Read More

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2021

November 30, 2021By Yvonne

Domain Road Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2021 $28 A sensational snappy-fresh rosé here from Graeme Crosbie’s family vineyard in Bannockburn. Roaring with redcurrant, watermelon and cherry notes, a hint of citrus and creaming soda, it’s a beautifully balanced, richly structured style. Dry, mouthfilling and boasting impressive length of flavour. Domain Road