Alpha Domus Beatrix Hawke’s Bay Sparkling Rosé NV

August 12, 2022By Yvonne

Alpha Domus Beatrix Hawke’s Bay Sparkling Rosé NV $21 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you’re nuts about all things rose-gold, then this super-pretty sparkler will deliver you directly to the sanatorium and, because it’s fizzy, then it could completely send you sideways.  Crafted (unusually) from merlot by winemaker Barry Riwai, … Read More

Kelly Washington Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2019

February 13, 2022By Yvonne

Kelly Washington Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc 2019 $50 Sourced from the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle district, this is a velvety-smooth example scented with blackcurrant leaf, dark cocoa, a hint of liquorice and blueberry. All those characters wash across the palate and leave a warm, woolly, textural finish. 100% cabernet franc isn’t the … Read More

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Syrah 2019

October 26, 2021By Yvonne

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Syrah 2019 $120 The ‘treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen philosophy applied by winemaker Chris Scott to these vines, is pretty hardcore. I mean dropping the crop by 60%-70%? That’s practically abuse! And yet this Bridge Pa-grown wine tastes like its long, loose bunches have been lovingly cuddled and … Read More

Swift Whole Bunch Bridge Pa Triangle Syrah 2019

October 2, 2021By Yvonne

Swift Whole Bunch Bridge Pa Triangle Syrah 2019 $40 Syrah lends itself to reductive winemaking, especially when it’s made in a low-preservative way like Lauren Swift prefers. When her syrah is fresh out of the gate, it takes on a struck-match, flinty, smoky complexity that wraps around the pepper and blueberry backbone of the wine. … Read More

Swift Wines Bridge Pa Triangle Whole Bunch Syrah 2020

October 2, 2021By Yvonne

Swift Wines Bridge Pa Triangle Whole Bunch Syrah 2020$40 If you’re expecting classic violets and pepper and all that normal syrah ‘stuff’ then best you put your seatbelt on and scoot right out of the CBD because winemaker Lauren Swift shakes her syrah up. A field blend of two clones, Mass Selection and Chave have … Read More

Swift Wines Bridge Pa Triangle Whole Bunch Malbec 2020

October 2, 2021By Yvonne

Swift Wines Bridge Pa Triangle Whole Bunch Malbec 2020 $35 Selected handpicked bunches were footstomped, fermented naturally, hand plunged, aged in oak for 15 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Crafted by Lauren Swift, this is a doozy. There’s a fabulously feral aromatic structure to this malbec, slightly smoky, loaded with dried herbs and … Read More

Swift Wines Bridge Pa Triangle Chardonnay 2020

October 2, 2021By Yvonne

Swift Wines Bridge Pa Triangle Chardonnay 2020 $35 I could tell you all the technical wizardry involved in creating this organically grown chardonnay, but that might be a distraction to its deliciousness and that wouldn’t do at all. Erupting with ripe grapefruit, roast nectarine and creme brulee topping, caramelised, softly smoky spicy oak and incredibly … Read More

Oak Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2020

September 9, 2021By Yvonne

Oak Estate Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2020 $25 Crafted from 100% merlot grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle district of Hawke’s Bay, this rosé has meat on its bones for sure. Classic spiced cherry and raspberry notes on the nose lead to a full, generous mid-palate and solid length of flavour. Robust, juicy and definitely a … Read More

Ash Ridge Estate Bridge Pa Triangle Pinot Gris 2021

July 7, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Estate Bridge Pa Triangle Pinot Gris 2021 $22 What’s that you’re smelling? Only a sensational 2021 pinot gris harvest in the Bridge Pa Triangle that’s what. Simple, classic, yet also bursting with ripe apple strudel and nashi juice aromatics alongside quince, white pepper, baked apple flavours, banging acidity and deeply generous textures, it’s … Read More

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

April 21, 2021By Yvonne

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020 $20 This perky Pinot Gris from the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle brings the sunshine back into the bleakest winter day. Nashi, nutmeg, red apple and pear strudel spices lead to a fresh, dryish mouthfeel that exhibits a deliciously exfoliating texture on the finish. Fermented wild, … Read More