Carrick Josephine Bannockburn Riesling 2021

December 29, 2022By Yvonne

Carrick Josephine Bannockburn Riesling 2021 $34 The name Josephine refers to the decorative variation of the ‘Carrick Bend’ nautical knot which appears on the front of the label. The knot is a metaphor for how the winery brings together viticulture, winemaking and their place. It also includes local landmarks like the Carrick mountain range, the Carrick … Read More

Domain Road Bannockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2022

December 2, 2022By Yvonne

Domain Road Bannockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2022 $24 This is, I think, the 8th vintage of Domain Road sauvignon that I’ve tasted and its fair to say that it’s morphing into its own style and groove. Showing heightened jalapeno, lemongrass, basil, preserved lemon and lime layers, it’s definitely one for the herbaceously inclined. Owners … Read More

Domain Road The Water Race Bannockburn Central Otago Dry Riesling 2020

December 2, 2022By Yvonne

Domain Road The Water Race Bannockburn Central Otago Dry Riesling 2020 $27 I’ve said it many times, great dry riesling should have an immediate flinty, limey, green apple impact on the nose and a tidal wave of crunchy, zesty acidity and lemony layers for days. Graeme and Gillian Crosbie are responsible for this bony and … Read More

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Riesling 2020

December 2, 2022By Yvonne

Organic Bannockburn Riesling 2020 $27 Strap yourself in for an avalanche of apple and lime in every sniff and sip of this new release by winemaker Rosie Menzies. Beautifully balanced and unashamedly citrus-centric, it shows attractive texture and tension in the mouth, meaning it’s an energy injection for even the most jaded of tastebuds. Chill … Read More

Domain Road Defiance Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2022

November 21, 2022By Yvonne

Domain Road Defiance Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2022 $28 Paired with: Turkish Lentil Köfte by Annabel Langbein in the NZ Herald Nov 26th 2022 All those deep flavours of cumin, chilli, tomato and lemon deserve a wine with punch and pluck which is why I’m recommending this incredible, nashi, nutmeg and quince-laced wine from … Read More

Domain Road Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

October 21, 2022By Yvonne

Domain Road Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 $42 Oh. Ok. Put your phone down, press ‘mute’ on the remote and divert your gaze away from Aussie Gold Hunters or Repair Shop or whatever it is you’re watching because this pinot noir deserves your eyeballs and tastebud attention. Vibrant, energetic, and saturated with exotic spices, … Read More

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