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

Swift Wines Bridge Pa Triangle Whole Bunch Malbec 2020

October 2, 2021By Yvonne

Swift Wines Bridge Pa Triangle Whole Bunch Malbec 2020 $35 Selected handpicked bunches were footstomped, fermented naturally, hand plunged, aged in oak for 15 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Crafted by Lauren Swift, this is a doozy. There’s a fabulously feral aromatic structure to this malbec, slightly smoky, loaded with dried herbs and … Read More

Sur Andino Argentina Sierra Los Andes Mendoza Malbec 2018

September 15, 2021By Yvonne

Sur Andino Argentina Sierra Los Andes Mendoza Malbec 2018 $21 Hello malbec my old friend! Grown in a vineyard in Ugarteche (ooh-garr-tetch-eh) in the southern part of the Luján de Cuyo (loo-harn-de-koo-yoh) in Mendoza, Argentina’s largest wine region, this little red is so soft and velvety and warm, it’s like a spicy, berry-laden mink blanket … Read More

Bushmere Estate Gisborne Malbec 2020

August 28, 2021By Yvonne

Bushmere Estate Gisborne Malbec 2020 $25 This Gisborne malbec has deliciously meaty, leathery layers and a core of redcurrant and deep spice that roars across the mouth. Inky magenta-black colour and glossy in the glass and loaded with bay, dark cherry and pepper notes, it’s a rich, beautifully structured example. Bushmere.com

I taste the 2018 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection

August 26, 2021By Yvonne

It’s one heck of an exciting feeling cracking open the box containing the newest Gimblett Gravels selection wines. Twelve of the greatest red wines to come from New Zealand’s most famous red wine region, selected independently by Andrew Caillard MW. They’re also selected from a talent pool consisting of dozens of hopefuls from dozens of … Read More

Zaria Hawke’s Bay Malbec Rosé 2021

August 15, 2021By Yvonne

Zaria Hawke’s Bay Malbec Rosé 2021 $20 With bright, energetic, red apple and raspberry layers, cherry and zesty citrus characters and a long, vibrant, citrus-stacked finish, it just bursts with redcurrant and spice. Fresh and crunchy and punchy in all the right places, I really like this wine. A lot. Zaria

Canvas Drinks June 5 2021

July 6, 2021By Yvonne

Canvas Drinks June 5 2021 The Great Kiwi Cheeseburger I can’t think of anything nicer to wash down mouthfuls of juicy, beefy burger than the Esk Valley Artisanal Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 ($24.99). It’s bursting with bright berries, omega plum, cherry and smoked blueberries on the nose and palate. Meaty, peppery, spice-saturated … Read More

Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

June 24, 2021By Yvonne

Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 ($24.99) Paired with Annabel Langbein’s The Great Kiwi Cheeseburger Canvas Magazine NZ Herald June 5th 2021 I can’t think of anything nicer to wash down mouthfuls of juicy, beefy burger than the Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 ($24.99). … Read More

Ash Ridge Premium Bridge Pa Triangle Malbec 2018

March 2, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Premium Bridge Pa Triangle Malbec 2018 $32 Black Doris, Omega and Damson plums are all fighting for space in this dark, glossy, thing of goodness. Malbec is the signature red of Argentina, yet it’s clearly made a happy home at Ash Ridge in the sunbaked soils of Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region. … Read More

Tironui Above & Beyond Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet 2019

February 10, 2021By Yvonne

Tironui Above & Beyond Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet 2019 $35 This absolute mouthquake of a blend is comprised of 78% Malbec, 14% merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and I am absolutely in love with it! Scented with cedar, blueberry, black doris plum and smoky vanilla vavoom, the palate is saturated with boysenberry, licks of … Read More