Vidal Soler Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

May 1, 2020By Yvonne

Vidal Soler Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 $34.99 Do you know what?  I’ve been pacing, literally pacing around waiting for the new Soler cabernet to cross my desk.  The wait was worth it. Bursting with black guava, blueberry, dark cherry, bay leaf, dark cocoa and liquorice layers, it’s supremely elegant, freshly structured and seriously frisky.  … Read More

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

May 1, 2020By Yvonne

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 $28 Winemaker Guillaume Thomas managed to secure cabernet sauvignon fruit exclusively from the famous Gimblett Gravels district for the 2018 vintage, and egads and forsooth!  Has it made a difference! His style is still typically super-elegant and smooth (and that’s just his hairstyle and dress sense) yet the … Read More

Flying Sheep Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

April 22, 2020By Yvonne

Flying Sheep Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $35 Flying Sheep is Osawa Wines little brother brand and is named after (supposedly) a reference early Hawke’s Bay settlers had for the fluffy clouds that glided across the regions’ vast blue skies.  From fruit grown in some of the oldest soils on the Heretaunga Plains, comes … Read More

Goshawk Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

March 27, 2020By Yvonne

Goshawk Estate Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018$poa Well well well. If I haven’t just managed to snaffle a bottle of the top-secret solo project from Mills Reef’s long-time, legendary winemaker, Paul Dawick. The name is taken from his mum’s maiden name (Drummond) and there happened to be a Goshawk bird attached to the coat of … Read More

Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

March 16, 2020By Yvonne

Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $49.95 Named in honour and memory of Elspeth Preston, grandmother of Mills Reef’s winemaker/owner Tim Preston, and only created in years when Tim and his team feel the fruit is superlative, when the fruit cannot be faulted, and when the positive chi flows through from the East … Read More

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2018

March 15, 2020By Yvonne

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2018 $24.95 Right from the very first sip you’ll understand how this wine scooped a gold medal at the 2019 NZ Wine of the Year Awards and why it’s been the darling of wine critics around the traps.  68% cabernet sauvignon was blended with 32% merlot, fermented and … Read More

Zilzie Regional Collection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

December 21, 2019By Yvonne

Zilzie Regional Collection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Incredibly harmonious in its combination of florals, bay, tobacco, freshly cut black doris plums, dark cherry, anise, soft pepper, sarsparilla, stretchy tannins, warm yet juicy and fresh on the mid palate.  A lovely, lifted, soothing sip.  Delicious.

Hancock & Sons Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

August 20, 2019By Yvonne

Hancock & Sons Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 $29.50 From John Hancock and his son Willy, comes this deliciously drinkable blend of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon that shows blueberry, blackberry, boysenberry, in fact, everything berry in the glass and apart from the bottle itself looking like absolute money on the table, this … Read More

Peter Lehmann H & V Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

July 18, 2019By Yvonne

Peter Lehmann H & V Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $22 Trust the team at Peter Lehmann to consistently bust out richly structured cabernet sauvignon. I loved the 2015 and the 2016 is sexier still.  It shows their smoke and vanilla signature on the nose due to the combo of French and American oak barrels it’s … Read More