Bald Hills Last Light Central Otago Riesling 2021

September 12, 2022By Yvonne

Bald Hills Last Light Central Otago Riesling 2021 $30 At a positively demure 11.5% alcohol this riesling romps in with magic mandarin and apple aromatics, a palate draped in honeysuckle and a finish that’s laced with fresh lime layers. A lick of grapefruit and a teensy tweak of creamy nougat features in the background, making … Read More

Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

August 31, 2022By Yvonne

Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 $48 Crafted from individually-handled parcels of Dijon and Pommard clone pinot noir, this wild-fermented wine is absolutely heaving with red fruits and roaring “cellar me!” Energetic and flowing with floral complexity, black guava, tea leaf and tamarillo tones. Intensely floral and frisky-fresh on the nose yet fabulously moody, brooding … Read More

Driven Snow Central Otago Pinot Gris 2020

August 29, 2022By Yvonne

Driven Snow Central Otago Pinot Gris 2020 $25.99 Nutmeg-dusted nashi notes combine with a splash of poached quince and fresh peachy punchiness on the nose and palate of this crunchy-crisp pinot gris. Deliciously dry and showing a core of minerality which brings an extra layer of complexity and citrosity (new word) to the finish. Powerhouse … Read More

Folding Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

August 23, 2022By Yvonne

Folding Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 $45 Just 300 cases were made of this unfined, unfiltered pinot noir and as soon as word gets out on how spice-stacked and characterful it is, I imagine they’ll be down to zero cases pretty quick. Vibrant, energetic and laced with tamarillo and dark cherry complexity on the … 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

Bald Hills Last Light Central Otago Riesling 2020

August 15, 2022By Yvonne

Bald Hills Last Light Central Otago Riesling 2020 $30 Paired with Annabel Langbein’s Kedgeree in NZ Herald Canvas Aug 20 2022. If Pete Bartle ever makes a riesling that isn’t exceptionally balanced and beautiful, then stick a fork in me, ‘cos I’m done. Sourced from Bald Hills’ Bannockburn site, the single hectare of vines that … Read More

Valli Bendigo Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

August 13, 2022By Yvonne

Valli Bendigo Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 $75 With aromas that remind me of the lush, leafy, mossy scent of walking through native bush after it’s rained, this pinot is awash with forest floor earthiness, black tea, tamarillo and concentrated cherry characters. Bright, fleshy, energetic and stylishly crafted, it’s delicious in its youth and … Read More

Valli Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

August 12, 2022By Yvonne

Valli Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 $75 Glossy and garnet-hued in the glass, it’s bursting with exotic florals, black guava, pepper and red apple notes, while on the palate, it’s energetic yet silky-textured, spice-saturated and and showing incredible grace and poise. It has a seamless structure, soothing, slippery, yet clinging to every cell … Read More

The Black Grape Society Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

August 9, 2022By Yvonne

The Black Grape Society Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $29 Paired with: Mushroom And Pumpkin Lasagne in NZ Herald Canvas Magazine August 13 2022 Six months in older oak barrels has given this pinot noir a gentle, smoky tone which wraps around a soft, savoury, mushroomy mid-palate and a backbone of bright berries, wild cherries … 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