Moko Hills Kakano Bendigo Chardonnay 2022

16 May 2024By Yvonne

Moko Hills Kakano Bendigo Chardonnay 2022 $40 Subtle use of oak has created purity and wholesomeness in this new chardonnay from Donald van der Westhuizen. There’s a soft, creamy, bruleeish aroma on the nose followed by masses of white peach, florals, grapefruit pith, soft spices and nutty notes. It’s got such beautiful balance it could … Read More

Aces and Arrows Greg’s Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021

17 March 2024By Yvonne

Aces and Arrows Greg’s Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021 $27 Lifted and plummy, with a solid cherry spine, this wine is designed by winemaker Jamie Marfell in conjunction with his team of regional winemakers to celebrate their individual talents and creativity, hence why this is named after ‘Greg’ in Central Otago. This pinot is wild … Read More

Dame Diesel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021

24 February 2024By Yvonne

Dame Diesel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2021 $28.50 If the Gorillaz band were going to release a wine label commemorating their GenX wives, this would be it.  She looks like a woman very much in need of a glass of wine. This North Otago-grown pinot is lightly-styled and redolent of rhubarb, wild cherry, red berry … Read More

Dame Diesel Central Otago Chardonnay 2022

24 February 2024By Yvonne

Dame Diesel Central Otago Chardonnay 2022 $26 With its 1990s Tank Girl-style cartoony label and distinctly lemony aromatics, it’s an edgy, grapefruit-laced style of chardonnay that’s super-youthful and citrus-focused. Bracing acidity and a whisker of toasty oak and spice make this a chardonnay not for the faint-hearted. For how to buy contact the team at … Read More

Moko Hills Central Otago Chardonnay 2021

22 February 2024By Yvonne

Moko Hills Central Otago Chardonnay 2021 $59 Donald van der Westhuizen has god-given grape-growing talent and it’s evident in this cleansing, crunchy-fresh, peach and pineapple-edged wine from the schisty slopes of Bendigo. Two chardonnay clones (UCD15 and B95) were gently whole-bunch pressed directly into French oak barrels and left to ferment naturally with the indigenous … Read More

Mondillo Central Otago Riesling 2022

22 February 2024By Yvonne

Mondillo Central Otago Riesling 2022 $30 Classic Jazz apple, white peach, fresh-squeezed lime juice and Winter Cole pear combine with honeysuckle notes to create an eruption of citrus-based aromas and flavours. Grown on the slopes of Bendigo, it’s zesty, crunchy-textured and lengthy, it also has a cute and very elaborate depiction of a barcode on … Read More

Nockie’s Palette “Georgetown” Pinot Rosé, Central Otago, 2022

20 January 2024By Yvonne

Nockie’s Palette “Georgetown” Pinot Rosé, Central Otago, 2022 $35 Produced from a single vineyard at the eastern end of the Kawarau Gorge, this wine is youthful, perky and packed with redcurrant, watermelon, raspberry and soft cherry notes. Made by winemaker Lucie Lawrence and impressively lengthy and dry to finish, it’s a style that demands some … Read More

Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2022

30 November 2023By Yvonne

Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2022 $30 The talented team at Folding Hill are responsible for turning out one of my favourite, always reliably tasty, Central Otago pinot noirs. The Ballasalla. This new vintage is perfumed with poached rhubarb, pot-pourri, red cherry and soft, earthy spices. It washes across the tongue and gums with fresh, … Read More

Folding Hill Bendigo Central Otago Chardonnay 2021

30 November 2023By Yvonne

Folding Hill Bendigo Central Otago Chardonnay 2021 $32 I’m telling you right now, the vertigo-inducingly steep, sun-baked slopes of the zero-humidity sub-region of Bendigo is my new chardonnay spot to watch. While Tim Kerruish, his wife Nikki and their Folding Hill team are new to chardonnay, (their first vintage was the 2020) this second vintage … Read More

Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Lowburn Valley Chardonnay 2019

9 November 2023By Yvonne

Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Lowburn Valley Chardonnay 2019 $33-$43 Gorgeously golden in the glass and glowing with cashew and grilled peach aromas, this chardonnay has a beautifully edgy energy to it. Named after the deserted relics of the goldmining era dotted around Central Otago’s river valleys, this wine washes gold across the nose and palate. … Read More