Locharburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011

July 23, 2012By Yvonne

Locharburn Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 $26  This just hits Central Otago Pinot Gris on the button.  Fresh pear and peach notes are edged with a creamy, almondy complexity, wet stone minerality and a burst of cleansing sweetness on the finish.  A lovely example from  this tiny, Cromwell-based producer.  www.locharburnwines.co.nz

Tatty Bogler Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011

July 23, 2012By Yvonne

Tatty Bogler by Forrest Estate Central Otago Pinot Gris 2011 $25  Wow!  Prepare for a burst of juicy white peach, nashi pear and coconut ice confection on the nose and an absolutely gorgeous splash of sweetness, clean, refreshing acidity and rich, mouthcoating magic on the palate.  This is a superb example of the heights pinot … Read More

Auburn Affair…

March 20, 2012By Yvonne

I love the first line on the Auburn Wines website “We grow Riesling. We craft Riesling. We love Riesling. A lot.” A. Because it intrinsically explains why they chose to become New Zealand’s only riesling-exclusive winery, and B. They used the words “A lot” instead of the words “Bigtime”, “Totally” or “Fully” which they easily … Read More

Rockburn Wines ‘Tigermoth’ Central Otago Riesling 2011

February 3, 2012By Yvonne

Rockburn Wines ‘Tigermoth’ Central Otago Riesling 2011 $27  Wow.  Where to start?  Is it the gorgeous, lifted floral, mineral and citrus-driven aromatics.  Or maybe the intense honeysuckle, lime and juicy nectarine notes in the mouth.  It could definitely be the stunning line of acidity that sews all of these elements together seamlessly.   Whatever it is, … Read More

Weaver Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

February 3, 2012By Yvonne

Weaver Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 $36  I am loving this debut pinot from this shiny-new, Alexandra-based family estate.  It is intensely perfumed with cherry, boysenberry, violet, black tea and sandalwood.  Silky and slippery in the mouth, it has delicious, spicy warmth, superb depth and delicious length of flavour.  While there’s a good few … Read More

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2011

November 16, 2011By Yvonne

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2011 $25  If you’re thinking sauvignon from these seriously southern climes would be lean and green, think again.  Amisfield’s has pungent, ripe, tropical pineapple, lime and passionfruit aromas with basil and peapod notes.  It’s vibrant, refreshingly zesty, ultra-tangy and has a lovely, satisfying mouthfeel and superb, clean length of flavour. Great … Read More

Mt Difficulty Long Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

July 11, 2011By Yvonne

Mt Difficulty Long Gully Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 $90  You can’t be a pinot noir fan in New Zealand without having heard of Mount Difficulty (or “Mount D” as the cool people in the trade say) The Long Gully vineyard used to be the old ‘oat paddock’ for Kawarau Station before the Dicey family … Read More