Mondillo Central Otago Riesling 2022

February 22, 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

Mt Difficulty Ghost Town Lowburn Valley Chardonnay 2019

November 9, 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

Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2023

October 31, 2023By Yvonne

Coal Pit Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2023 $38 Anika Willner is the evil genius winemaker responsible for this absurdly pretty and delectably dry rosé. Served in a bottle decorated with a Huia feather designed by artist Chris Heaphy and a South Island Tomtit bird on the back, it’s been crafted with 100% pinot noir, … Read More

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2020

October 23, 2023By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Bannockburn Pinot Gris 2020 $32 Paired with Annabel Langbein’s Lemongrasss Chilli Chicken NZ Herald Canvas Magazine 28th Oct 2023 If you like your pinot gris to have a teensy splash of sweetness, then prepare for all the grins to begin. I love the classic walnut and nashi niceness in this absolute belter from … Read More

Carrick Josephine Organic Central Otago Riesling 2023

October 21, 2023By Yvonne

Carrick Josephine Organic Central Otago Riesling 2023 $29-$42 The famous knot design on the Carrick label is also known as the Josephine knot, the carrick bend, the sailor’s knot, the Chinese knot, and the Celtic knot. It’s a useful and elegant plait with origins have been traced back to the 700s AD. Yet while the … Read More

Carrick Organic Central Otago Rosé 2023

October 14, 2023By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Central Otago Rosé 2023 $36 Zesty-dry and roaring with peppered redcurrant, soft raspberry and apple muffin aromatics, this weighty, willful rosé has extra complexity from barrel fermentation and has more depth and cling in terms of its textures than other recent vintages. Refreshing, taut and showing great mineral-laced tension, it’s a spice-driven style … Read More

Carrick Organic Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2022

October 14, 2023By Yvonne

Carrick Organic Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2022 $28 I’d expect nothing less than a fun and funky sauvignon from winemaker Rosie Menzies and that’s exactly what she’s delivered in this handpicked, wild-fermented, barrel-and-tank-matured vintage. It has rich lemongrass, dried herb, preserved lemon layers, a burst of bruised basil, and some stylish gooseberry and green apple … Read More

Tarras Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020

October 8, 2023By Yvonne

Tarras Central Otago Pinot Noir 2020 $40 – $50 With beautifully lifted aromatics of rosehip tea and a buoyantly fresh, textural mouthfeel, this is already a very satisfying wine despite its youth. Grown on their home (Canyon) vineyard high on the Bendigo terraces, it’s a finely tuned example. Warming, smooth and cherry-driven with bold-yet-supple tannins … Read More

Kuru Kuru Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

October 8, 2023By Yvonne

Kuru Kuru Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 $45 Named in honour of winemaker Hayden Johnston’s Māori grandmother* (Ngai Tahu), this pinot noir is deliciously complex, freshly spiced, vibrant and layered with dark cherry, black tea, hints of rhubarb and raspberry and has a core of softly gripping tannins. Very nicely balanced, plump, juicy and very … Read More

Tarras Central Otago Pinot Gris 2022

October 8, 2023By Yvonne

Tarras Central Otago Pinot Gris 2022 $32 Erupting with spiced nashi notes on the nose and palate, this Central Otago stunner is super-fresh, super-rich and is a greatest hits album of flavour. So it’s basically Taylor Swift in a bottle. Made from fruit grown in the Alexandra sub-region and bursting with apple, pear and peachy … Read More