Pask Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2016

March 29, 2022By Yvonne

Pask Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2016 $22 Six years on from harvest and this merlot is entering its savoury, earthy phase. The acidity is still carrying freshness across the palate and the tannins still have good grip. The flavours are smoke-led and spicy, yet it’s fading from its best.

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020

February 13, 2022By Yvonne

Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020 $24 2020 is proving itself to be an absolute smasher of a vintage for Hawke’s Bay reds and this merlot, at $24, is, I think, one of the best value examples on the New Zealand market right now. Grown in the Gimblett Gravels, in Trinity Hill’s Tin Shed vineyard, … Read More

Ataahua Waipara Merlot 2019

February 9, 2022By Yvonne

Ataahua Waipara Merlot 2019 $32 The meaning of the word ‘ataahua’ in Māori is ‘beautiful’ or ‘thing of beauty’ and that’s pretty much what you’ll find in this North Canterbury merlot. A beautiful drink. So whoever suggested that you couldn’t make magical merlot in the Southern climes, clearly has never had the pleasure of sipping … Read More

Brookfields Highland Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020

January 30, 2022By Yvonne

Brookfields Highland Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020 $44 Clothed in a platinum label with a ribbon of owner/winemaker Peter Robertson’s family tartan, the grapes for this vintage were grown in a tiny vineyard in Mere Road, in the middle of the famed Gimblett Gravels sub-region. 2020 is being touted as the ‘perfect’ vintage for Hawke’s Bay … Read More

The Greatest Te Mata Estate Coleraine Vintage Ever?

January 30, 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Hawke’s Bay Coleraine 2020 $130 2020 heralds the 36th release of New Zealand’s most famous red wine and the one that the Buck family are calling “the best in Te Mata’s history”. CEO Nick Buck said 2020 was “Simply perfect” and with tiny berries, alongside massive extract and tension, Te Mata’s winemaker … Read More

Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2016

January 7, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2016 $49 Six quiet, sleepy years on from vintage, this gorgeous Gimblett Gravels-grown merlot is awake and ready to roar. With cocoa-dusted boysenberry, plum and blackcurrant characters on the nose and palate, buckets of rich spices and edged with soft, smoky, caramelised oak tones, it’s a joy to drink. … Read More

19 Crimes Cali Red 2019

November 8, 2021By Yvonne

19 Crimes Snoop Cali Red 2019 $19.99 Grown in California, bottled in Australia and now on sale in New Zealand, this blend of petite sirah, zinfandel and merlot had just the right amount of booty for megastar rapper and red wine lover Snoop Dogg to get behind it and swap rhymes for vines and lots … 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

Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2018

October 8, 2021By Yvonne

Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2018 $27 Quick word. Peel your eyes away from this necktag and let them bathe in the sight of this dark, glossy, gorgeous thing pouring into your glass. Impenetrably inky, and smelling like saddle leather rubbed with baking spices, blackberries and dark cocoa. This wine was made by the scarily … Read More

Monowai Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020

September 30, 2021By Yvonne

Monowai Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2020 $24.99 Softly spiced, perfumed with plum, light liquorice and a dusting of cocoa, it’s a velvety-smooth, refreshingly ripe style of merlot from the Matapiro region west of Hastings. Slinky and slightly smoky, it’s a satisfyingly juicy sip. Monowai