Melton Estate Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2021

November 20, 2022By Yvonne

Melton Estate Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2021 $22 If, like me, you love the smell of freshly-cut lawns and flame-scorched jalapenos, then this crunchy-fresh Cantabrian sauvignon has your name on it! Herbaceous, heaving with tomato stalk and smoked passionfruit characters, it’s a complex, mineral-laced example that’s got sea breeze style to it. It wil also help … Read More

Tiki Waiata Vineyard North Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2021

August 20, 2022By Yvonne

Tiki Waiata Vineyard North Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2021 $18 If you were expecting a soft, light, simple rosé then you’ll be wanting to do a u-turn and zoom on out of the cul-de-sac because this wine is bursting with apple, peach and cherry characters, brisk acidity and boasts a generously dry finish. It’s appropriate … Read More

Lone Goat Winemaker Series Canterbury Riesling 2015

October 8, 2021By Yvonne

Lone Goat Winemaker Series Canterbury Riesling 2015 $22 If you’ll excuse me channelling Nigel Tufnel from Spinal Tap for a second, I’m turning the volume up to eleven and awarding this wine 6stars out of 5. It’s. That. Good. Riesling is considered the most cellarworthy white wine in the world – at 6 years on, … Read More

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017

October 3, 2019By Yvonne

Mount Brown North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2017 $21.99   I first tasted this wine in April 2018 and upon recently re-tasting it, I had to adjust my notes because it’s maturing into something rather sensational.  Bright crimson in the glass and bursting with redcurrant, wild strawberry, raspberry and cherry notes on the nose and palate, … Read More

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017

June 5, 2019By Yvonne

Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 $28 The Mischief Waipara Pinot Noir 2017 ticks all the boxes for plushness, fruit-forwardness and is one of those wines that’ll inject life into any occasion.  Ripe cherry, raspberry and even a tiny squeak of beetroot all erupt from the glass and the flavours are soft, easy, plump and gentle … Read More

Whistling Buoy Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

January 18, 2019By Yvonne

Whistling Buoy Canterbury Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 $25  Perfumed with the softest of pot pourri and peach stone, it feels like it’s going to be super-subtle as a wine style.  Then you put it in your mouth and holy moly!  It’s an explosion of crunchy-fresh acidity, guava, tropical tones, incredibly rich, zesty layers of flavour … Read More

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

January 13, 2019By Yvonne

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $20.99  Get on your skateboard, segway or scooter and shimmy on over to the Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($20.99) to pour with any sort of pan-fried pesce perfection.  Crisp, crunchy, packed with citrus and huge herbaceous notes, this wine is superb to sip with fresh fish.  … Read More

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

August 30, 2018By Yvonne

Sherwood Estate ‘Sherwood’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2017 $16.99  This wine is a little out of balance so it’s not the easiest of wines to drink.  Aromas of honey, baked pear are initially positive, yet there’s a slightly sour note on the palate which throws things slightly.  There are better wines in the Sherwood stable.

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris

August 30, 2018By Yvonne

Melton Estate Canterbury Pinot Gris 2015 $20  Located in the leafy climes of West Melton, 20 mins or so drive west of Christchurch city, this pinot gris has a hint of botrytis character happening, honeyed notes, beeswax and some roast stonefruit showing through.  Doesn’t really show the classic nashi, pear, quince and apple characters that … Read More

Whistling Buoy

March 21, 2018By Yvonne

I’ve sipped my way through the new Whistling Buoy releases from Canterbury and they’re rather snazzy… Whistling Buoy Kokolo Vineyard Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016 $36 (5 stars) Wow.  Here’s one ultra-juicy, exotically-scented, super-charged pinot noir from under the southern sun. Kokolo is a vineyard on a sheltered site at the head of Lyttleton and clearly … Read More