Karikari Estate Calypso Chardonnay 2013

September 14, 2015By Yvonne

Karikari Estate Calypso Chardonnay 2013 $29 ★★★★ This little cracker from the far north is a new favourite because it hit the right cinnamon, struck match and smoke notes needed to cloak the underlying roast pineapple and peach flavours on the palate.  It’s robust enough to nicely pair with anything resembling a roast chook or … Read More

Sam Hunt Gisborne Chardonnay 2013

August 14, 2015By Yvonne

 Sam Hunt Gisborne Chardonnay 2013 $21.95 ★★★★ There’s a subtle, creamy lift on the nose, while waves of green nectarine and grapefruit wash across the palate with every sip, which is nice considering there are lines from Hunt’s poem Wavesong printed on the bottle.  Just a tweak of toasty oak adds to the experience and … Read More

La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2013

August 14, 2015By Yvonne

La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2013 $30 ★★★★ Fans of big, buxom, oaky chardonnay will love this California girl.  Creamy, mango and spicy peach-driven aromas lead to a flood of fig, dried pineapple and cinnamon-buttered toast flavours.  Soft, coconut characters round out the finish.  Make sure there’s a corkscrew in the house when you snap this … Read More

Decades of Dogs…

November 22, 2014By Yvonne

Last week I wrote about everything being better in two’s and how fun it is to taste two different vintages of the same wine side by side to pick out the differences. Well if the team at Dog Point in Marlborough didn’t just decide to dial that idea up by 500% and open up ten … Read More

Richmond Plains Nelson Chardonnay 2011

November 7, 2012By Yvonne

Richmond Plains Nelson Chardonnay 2011 $19 ★★★½ This smells like a peach cupcake with grapefruit icing, it’s seriously tangy and tropical with lovely concentration and a seam of toasty oak to wrap up the finish.  Delicious with pan-seared scallops topped with toasted almonds. www.richmondplains.co.nz

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2010

August 8, 2012By Yvonne

CRAGGY RANGE GIMBLETT GRAVELS CHARDONNAY 2010, $34  Drool-inducing aromas of grapefruit pith, ripe peach and buttered crumpets slathered in honey. It’s succulent and juicy with tropical tones and nicely balanced, gently-managed toasty oak to counter the fruit sweetness. Crisp and tangy, it’s a real treat and worth every cent. www.craggyrange.com

Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2010

July 23, 2012By Yvonne

Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2010 $25  A really nice, nectarine-laden chardonnay with attractive stonefruit, grapefruit pith and toasty flavours to top off a lovely, lean, textural mouthfeel.  Just the thing for a bowl of salt and pepper squid.  www.riverbyestate.com

Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 2009

January 4, 2012By Yvonne

Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 2009 $23  This is a superb Canterbury chardonnay chock-full of melon, mango and peach notes on the nose all followed by an explosively fresh burst of tropical and citrus flavours in the mouth.  Clean, long and linear, it’s a lovely drink indeed.  Buy from www.tresillian.co.nz   Tresillian Single Vineyard Akaroa Chardonnay 

Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2010

December 16, 2011By Yvonne

Lovers of the Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2010 $35  will also be pleased to know that Buck believes “in all modesty, the 2010 Elston is probably the best version we’ve ever done”.  2010 was a sensational year for Hawke’s Bay chardonnay and I’ve got to agree with John, this wine is unbelievably gorgeous.  Fresh, crisp and crunchy … Read More

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008

September 7, 2011By Yvonne

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008 $35  Golden and glossy, this wine boasts layers of white peach, tangelo and grapefruit pith aromas which are so enticing it’s quite tricky actually wrenching your nose away so you can actually put it in your mouth!  But it’s worth it because this chardonnay has succulent stonefruit and creamy, nutty, … Read More