The Greatest Te Mata Estate Coleraine Vintage Ever?

January 30, 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Hawke’s Bay Coleraine 2020 $130 2020 heralds the 36th release of New Zealand’s most famous red wine and the one that the Buck family are calling “the best in Te Mata’s history”. CEO Nick Buck said 2020 was “Simply perfect” and with tiny berries, alongside massive extract and tension, Te Mata’s winemaker … Read More

Brookfields Ohiti Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

January 7, 2022By Yvonne

Brookfields Ohiti Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 $22 If you’re looking for a cabernet sauvignon showing a tweak of that funky, smoky, Old World French stylism about it, then you’re snuggling into the right sleeping bag, my friend. Bold, boho-like, plummy, and bursting with earthy, roasting-pan meatiness, it also boasts grainy tannins, leathery layers, … Read More

Orlando Jacaranda Ridge Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

December 6, 2021By Yvonne

Orlando Jacaranda Ridge Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $65 Impenetrably inky and glossy blood-black in the glass, this bay leaf, blackberry and tobacco-stacked cabernet is just woof-inducingly lovely to drink. Finely tuned tannins follow a palate awash with dark cocoa, leather, plum and smoked cherries. The acidity and alcohol (14.5%) are beautifully balanced and add freshness … Read More

Church Road One Redstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

October 21, 2021By Yvonne

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 $120 According to winemaker Chris Scott, cabernet sauvignon is an optimistic variety. “It’ll deal with stress in the vineyard calmly, just assuming things will improve, so it kind of sailed through the vagaries of the 2019 vintage easily,” he says. Clearly, the cabernet’s positive attitude paid … Read More

Casarena 505 Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

October 9, 2021By Yvonne

Casarena 505 Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 $25 Texted a mate recently to say “Come over, I have powerful ACS” and she was like “OMG I’m calling an ambulance!” I thought that was a tad OTT for harmless Argentinean Cabernet Sauvignon. Turns out she thought I had Acute Coronary Syndrome. Serves me right for having medical … Read More

I taste the 2018 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection

August 26, 2021By Yvonne

It’s one heck of an exciting feeling cracking open the box containing the newest Gimblett Gravels selection wines. Twelve of the greatest red wines to come from New Zealand’s most famous red wine region, selected independently by Andrew Caillard MW. They’re also selected from a talent pool consisting of dozens of hopefuls from dozens of … Read More

Canvas Drinks June 5 2021

July 6, 2021By Yvonne

Canvas Drinks June 5 2021 The Great Kiwi Cheeseburger I can’t think of anything nicer to wash down mouthfuls of juicy, beefy burger than the Esk Valley Artisanal Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 ($24.99). It’s bursting with bright berries, omega plum, cherry and smoked blueberries on the nose and palate. Meaty, peppery, spice-saturated … Read More

TRINITY HILL Gimblett Gravels Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

July 5, 2021By Yvonne

TRINITY HILL Gimblett Gravels Prison Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 $120 Deep, dark, intensely fruity, spicy, toasty, earthy, cocoa-crammed and leather-laden, it’s a lovely, muscular example crafted from grapes grown beside the Ngaruroro River on a stony site once destined to be a correctional facility. This 100% cabernet sauvignon absolutely screams tobacco, dark plum, bouquet garni … Read More

Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

June 24, 2021By Yvonne

Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 ($24.99) Paired with Annabel Langbein’s The Great Kiwi Cheeseburger Canvas Magazine NZ Herald June 5th 2021 I can’t think of anything nicer to wash down mouthfuls of juicy, beefy burger than the Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 ($24.99). … Read More