Framingham F Series Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

March 20, 2021By Yvonne

Framingham F Series Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019 $40 You can’t have a conversation about Marlborough pinot noir without devoting an unseemly amount of time to Framingham. Growing grapes in the Wairau Valley since 1981 has taught them a thing or thirty about getting it right, and with whole-bunch pressing, longer soakage on skins and longer … Read More

Lake Chalice Plume Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

March 13, 2021By Yvonne

Lake Chalice Plume Marlborough Chardonnay 2016 $49.99 Wow! If you’re looking for a chardonnay erupting with roast nectarine, grilled grapefruit and caramelised cedary oak notes then hit the brakes because you’ve come down the right cul de sac. Refreshing acidity, intense, prickly tannins, ripe, rich and generous on the palate, it’s a tropical road trip … Read More

Hunter’s Offshoot Marlborough Chardonnay 2018

March 7, 2021By Yvonne

Hunter’s Offshoot Marlborough Chardonnay 2018 $34.90 I thought the previous vintage of this wine was pretty hard to beat, but I tell you now, this 2018 is an absolute knee-quaker, brain-shaker and rib-rattler of a wine. For a wine that proudly declares it’s ‘off-shootness’ it’s made with precision and extraordinary care. Cloudy juice was fermented … Read More

Tupari Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2018

March 2, 2021By Yvonne

Tupari Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2018 $30 If you have a hankering for rich, velvety Pinot Noir with layers of fruit and savoury seductiveness stitched together by rhubarb and redcurrant, then this is your magic potion. Fresh, vibrant and saturated with exotic flavours, the texture is slippery, lithe and lovely. Nicely made indeed. http://www.tupari.co.nz

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

February 18, 2021By Yvonne

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 $40 Hand harvested into 26 separate batches which were all kept completely apart until the final blend, this wine is an ode to the oft-forgotten men and women in relationships with winemakers, who spend weeks every year barely seeing them while the harvest is rolling. Bright and … Read More

Saint Clair Pioneer Block3 43 Degrees Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

February 17, 2021By Yvonne

Saint Clair Pioneer Block3 43 Degrees Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $28.90 If you could describe sauvignon blanc as being ‘silky’ then I’d be doing it as soon as you sip this new release from the sauvignon blanc braniac’s at Saint Clair. Sourced from a vineyard owned by Mark and Kate O’Sullivan that’s planted with rows … Read More

Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019

February 10, 2021By Yvonne

Mahi Marlborough Pinot Noir 2019 $34 Three vineyards provided the fruit for this lip smacking example, Fareham Road, Byrne and Ward which is located 45kms south of Blenheim. It’s a dark, glossy, spice-saturated style that’s laced with soft smoky tones from gentle hand-plunging and  13 months in French barriques, a core of black cherry, tamarillo … Read More

Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

February 10, 2021By Yvonne

Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $24 I love how the splashy-splash of semillon and the portions of barrel-fermented juice (20%) and wild-fermented juice ($39%) add enormous complexity to this excellent wine. Harvested from six different vineyards a whole 5 days earlier than any other Mahi harvest, the conditions were excellent, however the berries were much … Read More

Delta Hatters Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

February 7, 2021By Yvonne

Delta Hatters Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $29 After the first sniff and sip you’ll need to allow time for your face to adjust to the fact that your eyeballs have literally Ren & Stimpy’d on their stalks. What do I mean? Popped right out of their sockets. Ren & Stimpy? It’s a cartoon. From … Read More

Ra Nui Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

February 7, 2021By Yvonne

Ra Nui Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 $25 Well lather me up in lime, pummel me with passionfruit and peach, kick me around the chops with capsicum, bash me around the brain with basil, holler jalapeno in my ear and tickle my tongue with tomato leaf, if this isn’t one of the loveliest sauvignon blancs I’ve … Read More