The Darling ‘Arnst’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

May 17, 2022By Yvonne

The Darling ‘Arnst’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $49 This organic, unfined, unfiltered pinot noir is named after Bart Arnst, one-half of the power-pioneer duo of organic kiwi wine growing, Darling wines. Together with business partner Chris Darling, he’s sourced a parcel of superb Central Otago fruit to create a style bursting with tamarillo, rhubarb, … Read More

Black Quail Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

May 16, 2022By Yvonne

Black Quail Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $49 This new release from the small, Bannockburn  vineyard owned by Rod and Mirani Keillor is garnet-red, scented with soft spices and subtle rhubarb, raspberry and cherry notes and lightly-styled on the palate. If you’re looking for a punch-in-the-face pinot then you’ve come to the wrong cul-de-sac my … Read More

Maori Point Central Otago Riesling 2020

May 13, 2022By Yvonne

Maori Point Central Otago Riesling 2020 $30 Showing crisp apple, lime blossom, lemon zest and impressive minerality alongside a squeak of natural sweetness, this riesling is a crisp, crunchy-fresh style that will freshen up even the most jaded of tastebuds. At 11.9% alcohol and 17g/l of residual sugar creates a mouthwatering palate structure and a … Read More

Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2021

May 2, 2022By Yvonne

Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2021 $34 Such a precise, pretty rosé right here from Gibbston Valley-grown fruit and crafted by winemaker Anika Willner, it’s an ultra-pretty wine with a generous, redcurrant and raspberry fullness. Juicy-textured and showing hints of creaming soda, red apple, quartzy minerality and pink peppercorn spices – it’s absolutely … Read More

Carrick Pot de Fleur Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

April 27, 2022By Yvonne

Carrick Pot de Fleur Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $28-$36   Paired with Annabel Langbein’s Manti- Turkish dumplings NZ Herald Canvas Sat 30 April 2022 Spicy, sheepy morsels like these just sing out for a succulently funky, ‘natural’ pinot noir, and this Southern example has that in unfined, unfiltered, organic, spades. Winemaker Rosie Menzies has … Read More

Akarua de Bettencor Single Vineyard Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2020

April 21, 2022By Yvonne

Akarua de Bettencor Single Vineyard Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $40 This certified organic sauvignon blanc is grown in the de Bettencor vineyard, which sits between the base of the Pisa Range and Lake Dunstan in the Pisa sub-region. Named after Boaventura de Bettencor, a Portuguese explorer in the late 1800’s who made his way … Read More

Black Quail  Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018

April 20, 2022By Yvonne

Black Quail  Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018 $49 Grown on the ultra-prestigious Felton Road (the Paritai Drive of Central Otago vineyard addresses), this tiny winery is named after one of the rarest birds in the world. The wine is pretty rare too, with only a couple of hundred cases made of just one wine each … Read More

Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Sur Lie Chardonnay 2020

February 25, 2022By Yvonne

Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Sur Lie Chardonnay 2020 $22 Central Otago is like the masked singer when it comes to chardonnay – everyone wants to know who’s bringing the good stuff and yet it’s usually kept a precious secret by those in the chardonknow. The words ‘sur lie’ relate to the wine spending extra time … Read More

Rabbit Ranch Bright Eyes Central Otago White Pinot Noir 2021

February 15, 2022By Yvonne

Rabbit Ranch Bright Eyes Central Otago White Pinot Noir 2021 $22 If you were thinking, based on its pale, apricot colour, that this wine would be a lightweight have another thing coming as soon as they sip. Bold, roaring with white strawberry, nectarine and citrus notes on the nose and palate and finishing with a … Read More

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2020

February 13, 2022By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $28 100% wild fermented in barrel and aged for 7 months, this juicy, complex, crazy-good sauvignon oozes smoked passionfruit, marzipan, lemongrass and lime. Sourced from their Cairnmuir Terraces block, this sauvignon blanc is multi-dimensional, laced with rhubarb and fresh-cut herbs. The finish is generous and juicy and I think … Read More