Let’s be Franc…

August 11, 2013By Yvonne

When it comes to popular wine varieties cabernet franc is the bridesmaid of the Bordeaux family.  Essential in that everyone expects it to be there, (to make  up the numbers and keep the feng shui of all the flavours in balance) but it never seems to be singled out for  much attention.  I absolutely love … Read More

Must’ve happened in a Pask life…

October 25, 2012By Yvonne

Pask’s got the Power! New life is being injected into the 30 year old CJ Pask brand with the addition of pinot noir from Martinborough and aromatics from Marlborough in a move that has made General Manager and Winemaker Kate Radburnd very happy. “I first met ex-top dressing pilot Chris Pask when he supplied grapes … Read More

Stonecroft 30th Anniversary Shindig!

October 3, 2012By Yvonne

An interesting wee invitation popped into my inbox from the lovely Andria Monin from Stonecroft in Hawke’s Bay “We will be celebrating Stonecroft’s 30th anniversary at Labour Weekend. As you know, since we took over at Stonecroft in 2010 we have held an Annual Vintage Sale at Labour Weekend, where we have brought out some … Read More

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

Balthazar Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Franc 2010

July 23, 2012By Yvonne

Balthazar Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Franc 2010 $25  Inky and glossy in the glass, it’s a deep, brooding, earthy wine which is stitched together with violet, dark berryfruit, pepper, smoke and hints of graphite.  Succulent, solid tannins add to its chewy length of flavour and its potential to cellar nicely indeed.  

William Murdoch ‘The Guardsman’ 2009

February 22, 2012By Yvonne

William Murdoch ‘The Guardsman’ 2009 $65  Built around a solid spine of cabernet sauvignon, and with absolutely no insecticide, herbicide, pesticide, or systemic or non-organic chemicals of any kind being used; this wine is about as organic and natural as they come.  Crafted by Hayden Penny from fruit sourced from Hawke’s Bay’s Gimblett Gravels, this … Read More

Trinity Hill Homage Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2009

December 16, 2011By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2009 $120  It only took two or three sips for me to declare to my husband that when I die he’d better bury me with a bottle of this wine in my coffin – or there’ll be trouble. The Homage is only made when the fruit is exceptional and the 2009 … Read More

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2010

December 16, 2011By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2010 $35  Perfumed with intense dark berryfruit, plum, dried thyme and violet notes while in the mouth it bursts with fresh, juicy, ripe fruit, hints of smoke and cocoa and deliciously savoury spices.  Complex and concentrated, it has muscular elegance and silky, warming length of flavour.  One of … Read More

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

December 16, 2011By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010 $22  Sexy inky purple colour and aromas of roast beef, rosemary, ripe plum and cuddly cocoa notes.  Boasting youthful acidity, beautiful structure, elegance in the mid palate and the tannins are chewy but stylishly knitted together.  It’s a ‘drink now’ wine representing superb value for money.

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2007

September 21, 2011By Yvonne

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2007 $60  I’ve been waiting for a 100% Grenache from Hawke’s Bay since forever!  Heady roasting pan juices, rosemary and dusty, earthy aromas lead the way to spicy plum, mace and amazingly silky, earthy, blackberry and cherry smoke.  It’s a muscular, meaty wine – and is just sensational with … Read More