Squawking Magpie Daisy Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2021

November 25, 2021By Yvonne

Squawking Magpie Daisy Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2021 $24 Crafted from syrah and merlot, this ripe and rumpty new rosé absolutely fangs with florals and bright berries from woah to go. Awash with plum and red apple flavours in the mid-palate, there’s a lacing of pink peppercorn and citrus on the finish, making it a deliciously … Read More

Petane Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2021

November 22, 2021By Yvonne

Petane Late Harvest Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2021 $32 Clearly, the weather gods found favour with Philip Barber and his tiny wee crop of gewürztraminer in the summer of 2021. They were kept clean and dry and managed to hang on the vine long enough to start gently raisining and increasing their natural sugars. They were … Read More

Petane Puriri Block Sfumato Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020

November 15, 2021By Yvonne

Petane Puriri Block Sfumato Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 ($70) Pronounced ‘ss-foo-mah-toh’, the name of this new wine from WineFriend favourites Petane Wines, is named after a painting technique describing softening the transition between colours. But you knew that right? Art nerds will also understand that it mimicks an area beyond what the human eye is … Read More

Coopers Creek SV Chalk Ridge Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2020

November 15, 2021By Yvonne

Coopers Creek SV Chalk Ridge Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2020 $24 Absolute classic Hawke’s Bay viognier here from a West Auckland icon. Bright apricot, orange zest and jasmine aromatics all saturate through to the palate and its solid acidity (hard to achieve in viognier) leaves an impressively zingy impression. Great stuff! Cellar door only 

Crab Farm Hawke’s Bay Traminer Gris 2021

November 2, 2021By Yvonne

Crab Farm Hawke’s Bay Traminer Gris 2021 ($21) Paired with: Aromatic Steamed Salmon Parcels Canvas Magazine NZ Herald Nov 6th 2021 What you have here is gewürztraminer that’s been boosted by a splash of pinot gris which catapult the spicy notes into high gear.  I really like it because it’s a rich, full-on, face slap … Read More

Wairiki Wines Grace Hawke’s Bay White Pinot 2021

October 31, 2021By Yvonne

Wairiki Wines Grace Hawke’s Bay White Pinot 2021 $25 This ultra-pale, apricot hue of this wine is the result of handpicked pinot noir being pressed as soon as the grapes arrive at the winery. This means only a teensy tweak of colour from those dark, pinot noir skins is able to bleed into the clear … Read More

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Arneis 2021

October 31, 2021By Yvonne

Maison Noire Hawke’s Bay Arneis 2021 $24 Wow! This grape is best known for being a Northern Italian stallion. However, when Frenchman Guillaume Thomas got hold of some and decided to grow it in the ancient soils left by the Tuki Tuki River in Havelock North, it’s become a Hawke’s Bay hero well and truly. … Read More

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Syrah 2019

October 26, 2021By Yvonne

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Syrah 2019 $120 The ‘treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen philosophy applied by winemaker Chris Scott to these vines, is pretty hardcore. I mean dropping the crop by 60%-70%? That’s practically abuse! And yet this Bridge Pa-grown wine tastes like its long, loose bunches have been lovingly cuddled and … Read More

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2020

October 26, 2021By Yvonne

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2020 $120 Cropped to just one bunch per shoot, a very meagre amount equating to roughly 1.2 – 1.3kg of fruit per 1m of canopy, it’s no wonder the wine smells and tastes so densely concentrated. Soft, suede-like tannins cloak a core of seasoned leather, graphite, smoky … Read More

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019

October 26, 2021By Yvonne

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Redstone Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019 $120 For a wine that hasn’t been fined or filtered, it’s deeply inky and glossy in the glass and the floral aspect is super-pretty. In addition to red rose, plum and boysenberry aromatics, classic Bridge Pa graphite and iron filings also unveil on the nose … Read More