Tironui Above & Beyond Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet 2020

September 2, 2022By Yvonne

Tironui Above & Beyond Hawke’s Bay Malbec Merlot Cabernet 2020 $39 Deeply glossy in the glass, magenta-black, and heaving with smoked blueberry, plum, and blackberry notes on the nose and palate, this wine is dense, delicious, and dangerously sexy to sip. Tironui sits atop Napier’s Sugar Loaf Hill, and its stunning terraces capture sun all … Read More

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Merlot Cabernet 2019

August 21, 2022By Yvonne

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Merlot Cabernet 2019 $34 Three years on from harvest and this soothing, saucy Bordeaux-style blend is soothing, lithe, cocoa and coffee-edged. A saucy blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc, it was aged in French oak for 18 months (25% of the barrels were new) which encouraged the wine … Read More

Norfolk Rise Mt Benson Merlot 2020

August 19, 2022By Yvonne

Norfolk Rise Mt Benson Merlot 2020 $17.99 Grown in the cooler climes of the Adelaide Hills, this merlot is saturated with bay leaf, minted chocolate, blackberry and buckets of spice. Soothing, smooth, pepper-sprinkled and dangerously easy to drink. It’s the kind of easy, velvety, fruity wine you’d devour with Margherita pizza. Powerhouse Wines

Alpha Domus Beatrix Hawke’s Bay Sparkling Rosé NV

August 12, 2022By Yvonne

Alpha Domus Beatrix Hawke’s Bay Sparkling Rosé NV $21 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you’re nuts about all things rose-gold, then this super-pretty sparkler will deliver you directly to the sanatorium and, because it’s fizzy, then it could completely send you sideways.  Crafted (unusually) from merlot by winemaker Barry Riwai, … Read More

Zorzettig Friuli Merlot 2019

July 16, 2022By Yvonne

Zorzettig Friuli Merlot 2019 $26.10 Italian merlot is not a common thing, but after tasting this, I wish it was! Juicy and cherry-driven, its a gentle, berry and plum-packed example with mid-palate smoothness and sweetness, a spicy edge and softly structured length of flavour. CSI Wines NZ

Leftfield The Hatchling Hawke’s Bay Red Blend 2019

May 31, 2022By Yvonne

Leftfield The Hatchling Hawke’s Bay Red Blend 2019 $17.99 Paired with: Annabel Langbein’s Steak and kidney pie in Canvas Magazine NZ Herald Sat 4th June 2022 Boost your core-ingredient count from two (steak + kidney) to six by serving up a gloriously spicy glass of this blend of merlot, tempranillo, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. … Read More

Linden Estate Peacock Block Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019

May 25, 2022By Yvonne

Linden Estate Peacock Block Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2019 $24.99 2019 kicked off what would become one of the most exciting triple-vintage runs Hawke’s Bay’s ever seen. A sequence of superb harvests where spiciness saturated every red grape. Designed for the cellar, youthful and tightly-coiled, this wine also opens up with decanting or swirling. Bay leaf … Read More

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