Decibel Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2023

October 23, 2023By Yvonne

Decibel Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2023 $22 Grown in Crownthorpe, west of Hastings, that fruit has created a bright, vibrantly tropical sauvignon blanc, that’s refreshing, zesty, lemon-laced and passionfruit-packed. Juicy, generous, tropical and energetic, it’s the kind of sauvignon that you’d throw in the fridge for 45 minutes, get out the good glasses and get … Read More

Decibel Testify Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2022

October 23, 2023By Yvonne

Decibel Testify Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2022 $44 Gloriously golden in the glass this is a creamy, nutty, roast nectarine-scented chardonnay that’s the result of blending fruit from Te Awanga fruit with vineyards inland. 100% barrel fermented, it’s a style that’s easy, fleshy, softly peachy and dangerously drinkable. There’s a seam of minerality rolling through the … Read More

Decibel Organic Bridge Pa Hawkes Bay Rosé 2022

October 6, 2023By Yvonne

Decibel Organic Bridge Pa Hawkes Bay Rosé 2022 $24 Daniel Brennan is ‘Decibel Dan’ master of creating rosé that hits that sweet spot between delicacy and weight, which is exactly what I want in rosé. Prepare for sweet, generous fruit with dry textures in every sip (that’s the merlot talking) and . Ripe, cherry and … Read More

Tony Bish Wines Heartwood Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021

October 4, 2023By Yvonne

Tony Bish Wines Heartwood Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021 $40 Wow! 100% barrel-fermented in 3-year-old seasoned French oak, it’s deeply golden and glossy in the glass and bursting with scorched peach, grilled grapefruit and roasty, toasty goodness on the nose and palate. Stylish, seamless and super-refreshing, it has excellent citrus weight, a hint of creamy complexity, … Read More

Te Mata Hawke’s Bay Bullnose Syrah 2020

September 7, 2023By Yvonne

Te Mata Hawke’s Bay Bullnose Syrah 2020 $68-$80 One of New Zealand’s true icons, not just for Syrah but for wine in general. Grown in the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle, Te Mata’s Bullnose vineyard, is a 15-hectare site planted in 1990 and it’s home to former winemaker Peter Cowley and his family. … Read More

Trinity Hill 125 The Gimblett Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021

September 4, 2023By Yvonne

Paired with Baked Brie with honey, walnuts and thyme in the NZ Herald Canvas Drinks matches Sept 9th 2023 Trinity Hill 125 The Gimblett Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2021 $80  Deeply golden in the glass, this roasty, toasty, citrus-centric chardonnay was hand-harvested fruit from Trinity’s “Tin Shed” vineyard, gently pressed then fermented with wild yeasts in a … Read More

Village Vineyards Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020

August 31, 2023By Yvonne

Village Vineyards Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020 $30 Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. I love spending time in our Auckland office because people put names on the food in the fridge which is really quaint. Right now I’m eating some spag bol called ‘Debbie’. It needs salt. This merlot … Read More

Decibel Giunta Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022

August 31, 2023By Yvonne

Decibel Giunta Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2022 $24.99 If you’ve been hunting for a crunchy-crisp, spice-laced pinot gris that’s packed with fresh-cut pear and yellow apple complexity – then hang up your boots because you’ve stepped right on it. Dry, zesty-fresh and seriously juicy on the palate, it has great tension and lipsmacking textures. It’ll … Read More

Chateau Garage runs on Powrie Power

August 5, 2023By Yvonne

Garage Days Revisited by Yvonne LorkinAugust 1, 2023 Photo: Florence Charvin [As published in July/August BayBuzz magazine.] “Bruno, our schnauzer, may greet you with a bark,” was the text from Ollie Powrie a few minutes before I pulled up for our interview. So I was prepared, as I noodled up the driveway of his 1920s … Read More

Black Cottage Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2021

July 9, 2023By Yvonne

Black Cottage Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2021 $18 Super-fresh and frisky, this wine has a tweak of smoke and soy on the tongue in amongst a jungle of berries, cherries and black plum punchiness. Bright, breezy, and showing gently chewy, gum-fuzzing tannins, it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. Black Cottage